An innovative and simple way of boosting much needed supplies to foodbanks is being trialled in Midhurst.
It is the brainchild of Midhurst artist and town councillor Jeanette Sutton, who has received the backing of the town’s Tesco store.
“I kept getting annoyed with myself when I was shopping at big supermarkets when I passed the foodbank box having paid for my shopping and realised I had forgotten to buy anything for the foodbank,” she said.
Jeanette put her mind to a solution which might also encourage other shoppers to put something in their baskets for the foodbank.
“It occurred to me,” she said, “that if a label was put by the food on the shelves, it would prompt me to remember to get something to put in my trolley.
“I put this idea to the food bank in Midhurst and then approached Dave Woods, the manager at the Midhurst Tesco.
“He went to his bosses and they have approved this in the Midhurst branch as a trial.”
Jeanette now prints out labels which are on the same paper as the usual Tesco price labels that go on the shelf fronts.
Mike and Chrissie Abbott, who run the Midhurst Foodbank, and other volunteer helpers then move the labels around, putting them by the particular foods or goods that are needed by the food bank each week.
“If this proves successful to both Tesco and the food bank, Tesco might roll this out over the country to support all local food banks,” said Jeanette.
“They are first interested to see how this trial goes.”
The idea was launched on Monday at Tesco in Midhurst when Jeanette was joined by Dave, Mike and Chrissie to place the first labels.
The foodbank at Midhurst is under increasing pressure to provide food and support to families on low incomes.
It faced unprecedented demand during the long summer holidays when children were not receiving their free school meals and more families are expected to need help over Christmas.