Saturday shoppers will be asked to slip a little extra something into their basket tomorrow – and make a donation to boost the stocks of the Stevenage and Knebworth Community Food Bank.

The award-winning Food Bank team have teamed up again with Waitrose in Stevenage’s Old Town for a collection day on Saturday.

Customers at the High Street store will be asked if they would like to make donations of non- perishable food with a seasonal theme such as festive biscuits (shortbread etc), small sweet/ chocolate selection boxes, Christmas pudding, savoury snacks and crisps, gravy granules, tinned ham, trifle mix, tinned sponge puddings, orange squash, mince pies, Christmas cake, tinned potatoes and mixed vegetables.

The team hope that the donations will give families suffering financial hardship at Christmas some respite and perhaps make it slightly easier to buy some presents for their children.

“With the onset of winter we are experiencing greater demand, particularly from families with young children,” said Food Bank chair John Mead.

“We hope that the people of Stevenage and Knebworth will be as generous as they were last Christmas when we were able to provide local families with Christmas hampers.”

The volunteers will be in the Waitrose store from 10am until 4pm.

Click here to find out more about the Food Bank operation