A Marlow councillor has set up a collection point in the town so that people can donate food to the needy, vulnerable and elderly.

Conservative Councillor Alex Collingwood, who represents the Marlow North and West Ward, has set up the collection point at his home on Oak Tree Road, as well as setting up a donation spot at Londis shop on the same street.

All the food that will get donated will go towards the One Can Trust, which is based in High Wycombe.

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Councillor Collingwood said: Food stocks, while adequate at present, are depleting fast as donations have not risen in line with the demand which is where you come in.

“We need Street Heroes to join in the appeal for food donations in and around Wycombe as proposed on the website.

“These are the fantastic volunteers who are setting up pop-up collection points in their gardens or on their doorsteps and asking their friends and neighbours to donate a can or two as they walk past.

The One Can Trust have been in operation since 2011 and have helped thousands of people in South Bucks by donating food to those who need it the most.

However, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK in January, the charity is urging people to donate frequently, as the amount of people they are helping has increased dramatically.

In January, the charity was supplying parcels to feed an average of 159 people per week.

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This increased to 177 in February, then 229 in March and in April, it rose again to an average of 396 to 427 people.

Councillor Collingwood continued: “At One Can Trust, the food donations from our wonderfully generous donors are still arriving at the levels that were common before the emergency.

“However, One Can Trust has seen an extraordinary increase in people who are unable to pay for food to feed themselves and their family and need the assistance of emergency food parcels.”

If you would like to donate, visit 65 Oak Tree Road, Marlow, SL7 3ET or alternatively, visit the streets Londis store.

For more information about the charity, visit www.onecantrust.org.uk/street-heroes.