A SLOUGH food bank has been left ‘amazed’ by overwhelming support during the coronavirus crisis – but still needs more supplies as demand continues to grow.

A crowdfunding page was set up by the Slough Foodbank asking for emergency funds to meet the high number of people needing essential items such as food from the independent charity because of the public health crisis.

After 16 days, the group managed to meet its target of £5,000, but it has now extended it to £10,000 as the demand of need increases due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Food and toiletry donations are highly-sought by the charity because of the shopping restrictions in place on those items.

The food bank is currently at £5,230 and the crowdfund page will cease on April 20.

The independent charity, which opened in 2010 and is supported by churches and community groups, said it lost 35 per cent of its volunteers as some were considered ‘at risk’ of getting Covid-19.

Sue Sibany-King, Slough Foodbank manager, said: “These are definitely unprecedented times and Slough Foodbank is needed more than ever.

“We have had to adapt and react quickly, with our aim continuing to be to give food parcels to those in need, whilst at the same time keeping everyone safe.

“These are definitely unprecedented times and Slough Foodbank is needed more than ever.

“We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has given their financial support which is helping us to purchase food.

“Sadly, we are seeing a significant increase in demand for our services but it’s great to be able to pull together during a time like this and ensure we continue to help those in food poverty in the Slough areas.”

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If you would like to donate to the food bank, the crowdfund page can be found here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sloughfoodbank

You can also donate food directly to the Slough Foodbank at 411 Montrose Avenue, Slough, SL1 4TJ, but be mindful of social distancing enforced by government.