FOUNDERS of a foodbank set up to help the needy in Walton have hailed the community spirit which boosted their efforts through 2013.

Walton’s foodbank was started in March and officially launched in May.

Supplies were built up so emergency supply packages could be handed out to people who are struggling to buy food.

Throughout 2013 the volunteers who run the foodbank have helped 62 struggling families or individuals.

And they have thanked people in the community for their generous donations which has kept the service running.

Coordinator Jane Robinson said: “On one hand it is sad that we need to have a food bank at all, but on the other we should celebrate the level of success we have had in such a short time.

“We have been able to help a lot of people so far thanks to the generous contributions that are made to us.

“I feel humbled by the support we have had.

“Everyone has been amazing, from those donating to the people who give up their time to run the foodbank. We have seen how vital it is for people."

The foodbank is run from Walton Community Centre. Food can be donated at the centre every Monday from 1-2pm.

And people can visit the centre to ask for help or food parcels every Friday, 10.30am-2.30pm.