Family firm donates fresh produce to Rugby Foodbank

David Mitchell (Director) will be donating potatoes to the Rugby Foodbank. NNL-170222-022336009
David Mitchell (Director) will be donating potatoes to the Rugby Foodbank. NNL-170222-022336009

A family-run firm near Rugby has stepped forward with donations of fresh produce to help the local foodbank.

The Rugby Foodbank, which is part of the Trussell Trust foodbank network, supports around 205 adults and 125 children each month, and gives out four tonnes of food to clients every month.

The foodbank appeals for ‘long-life’ food items such as tinned and packet products regularly on its website and through social media and on February 1 it asked for tinned potatoes.

David Mitchell, director of Mitchell Potatoes, which is at Boots Farm in Bourton-on-Dunsmore, spotted the appeal.

Mr Mitchell said: “I saw a request on Twitter that they were looking for tinned potatoes. I thought fresh potatoes would be a healthier option for people.

“I thought it would be a kind gesture to help those in the local community that are less fortunate than others and who are struggling.

“Nutritious food is something most people in the developed world take for granted, yet clearly there are some people and families that are desperate and struggling day-to-day just to have a decent meal. It’s great to see the effort and dedication that the foodbank team put in to help others, and we are pleased to add a ‘fresh produce’ line to their range.”

A spokesperson from Rugby Foodbank said: “The foodbank does not normally accept donations of fresh food due to storage issues and space in the warehouse.

“Speaking with Mitchells, the potatoes can be stored for up to two weeks, so we have decided to trial this for a few months initially.

“Our distribution teams have advised that the potato donations are proving to be popular with the clients.

“We’re really grateful for the support of Mitchells and all of our local donors - it is fantastic to have the support of the local community.

“Information about items needed and details of our collection points are on our app and website.”