Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson saw for himself generous shoppers queuing to donate bags of items to the foodbank collection in Tesco Formby at the weekend - with one man handing over a £100 trolley full of items.
Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers were in the busy store last week collecting items from generous shoppers.
For all the items collected in the store, Tesco tops up the collection by another 30%.
Crosby Area Foodbank project manager Jan Matthews said she was overwhelmed by people's generosity.
Jan said: "This is the sixth time we have held we have collected here at Formby Tesco, and as usual customers and staff have been extremely generous and helpful.
"People recognise there is a real need now and they want to help in any way they can.
"Because of the time of year, we are particularly trying to help families over the rapidly approaching summer holiday period, particularly those families who are on benefits and rely on free school meals to feed the children. Because the schools are closed over the summer and therefore no school meals, many families will be struggling to feed their children, day in and day out.
"The people who are coming to the foodbank for help are now from throughout Sefton including all parts of Sefton Central.
"The demand for help is high, but as we've seen over the two days collecting in Formby Tesco, there is a real want to help."
Bill said he was pleased, but not surprised to see the level of generosity by customers at the store.
Bill said: "I've met with the foodbanks throughout my constituency on a number of occasions now, I've been to their collection centre and their distribution centre. What is clear is that people here want to help those less fortunate than themselves.
"It is appalling that people here need to turn to foodbanks to help put food on the table, but there is no escaping the fact that people do. Too many people can't make ends meet. Too many families with young mouths to feed.
"But while that is heartbreaking, what is encouraging is that people want to help and are generous enough to donate food.
"The work foodbanks do in our communities is tremendous. Very often the people who are forced to rely on foodbanks are the most vulnerable.
"I am only too pleased to give our fabulous foodbanks my wholehearted support.
"In this day and age people shouldn't have to rely on foodbanks to make ends meet, but too many people are forced to rely on them.
"If it wasn't for the support that these great community initiatives provide to people in need, then lots of people would be going hungry.
"I'd like to thank Jan Matthews and the Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers for the fabulous work they do. I'd like to thank Gary Landry and Formby Tesco for supporting them. And I'd particularly like to thank all of the Formby shoppers who generously gave to the foodbank during this recent collection and at previous collections.
"Your generosity will be helping people in need right here in our community."
For further information about Crosby Area Foodbank, call 07580 156 311,firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.crosbyarea.foodbank.org.uk
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson saw for himself generous shoppers queuing to donate bags of items to the foodbank collection in Tesco Formby at the weekend - with...