DONATIONS FLOOD IN TO FEED THE HUNGRY; Campaign sees plenty of food on offer at city soup kitchen but organisers warn they desperately need to keep it going.
THIS bountiful harvest was handed out to the hungry in Coventry after the first week of the Telegraph's Waste Not Want Not campaign.
Desperate families turned up hoping for a decent meal and were greeted by the sight of boxes of food donated by generous city businesses and individuals. But Coventry Soup Kitchen organisers warn it is still not enough.
More than 150 homeless and hungry people were fed at the event under the ring road near Millennium Place on Sunday afternoon.
It comes after Sainsbury's in Courthouse Green, Opus supermarket in Foleshill Road and Charlie's Supermarket in Swan Lane all donated food and signed up to the Telegraph's campaign to end the waste.
"Sunday was absolutely fantastic," soup kitchen coordinator Kervin Julien said.
"We had a lot of people and a lot of food all laid out ready for them. Thanks to the campaign we also had extra volunteers just turning up to help out.
"One farmer even turned up with a big box of organic apples and other individuals just arrived with boxes of food.
"It was a tremendous day.
It was a very cold day, but there were a lot of people who didn't go hungry because of what has been donated."
More than 20 extra boxes full of food were unloaded by volunteers from city charity Anesis. They included everything from nearly out-of-date fruit and veg, to surplus or damaged tins and packets of food.
Our Waste Not Want Not campaign aims to sign-up community-spirited businesses and organisations to pledge what they may otherwise throw away.
The soup kitchen feeds desperate families living on the breadline but is also used by charity workers to make contact with some of the most hard to reach people in the city.
The weekly event allows vulnerable people to be pointed in the direction of help they may have been unaware was available.
Volunteers also make up food parcels and deliver them to at risk families across the city who are unable to make it to the city centre event next to Lady Herbert's Garden.
"We had about 20 more crates or food and we had things like rice and flour that we don't normally get," Kervin added.
"But the numbers turning up are still growing faster than our resources are growing.
"We desperately need to keep this going."
Anesis volunteers can arrange to pick up anything usable from city businesses and organisations at a convenient time.
Call Kervin Julien on 0779 6365615 to join the campaign.
MUCH NEEDED NOURISHMENT: Volunteers get to work handing out the hot soup FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Soup kitchen co-ordinator Kervin Julien, right, said the number of people turning up is growing faster then the resources available