Witney and West Oxfordshire Foodbank is holding a 'food drive' on Saturday as it sees a rise in people needing emergency food due to the cost of living crisis.

Volunteers will be handing out shopping lists to customers under the clock outside Waitrose.

Items needed are tinned fruit, instant coffee, tinned veg, tinned tomatoes, pulses, instant noodles, jam/peanut butter and toiletries.

The foodbank said it is very short of supplies due to an increase in families visiting for the first time.

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In West Oxfordshire, 1,977 emergency food parcels – containing three or seven days' worth of supplies – were handed out by the Trussell Trust between April and September 2021.

This was up from 1,318 during the same period in 2019 before the pandemic.

However,  2,152 parcels were handed out in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

Donations can also be dropped off in Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Co-op and Asda (Carterton) and you can donate online at https://witney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

The food drive is on Saturday May 21 under the clock tower.