An overwhelming three-quarters-of-a-ton of food and other essentials have been donated to the food bank at Downham Market.

The massive donation came as a result of a special two-day collection at the town’s Tesco store.

Generous shoppers have donated a variety of food stuffs from tins and  packets to cereals, pasta and milk.

They have also dug deep and given toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid and other extras including pet food.

One of the co-ordinators, Jenny Filby, said there were 100 bags and 40 trays full to the brim.

“It is awesome,” said Mrs Filby, adding when the donations were weighed last Thursday it equalled 743 kilos.

The amount is the biggest the food bank has had since it was launched last autumn.

Mrs Filby has expressed a big thank you to Tesco, whose staff  made announcements to shoppers over the in-store tannoy explaining the purpose of the collection.

Food bank volunteers gave out leaflets and manned the stand.

The food bank has also had help from the Downham Lions Club towards the cost of shelving  for all the food and the town’s Rotary Club is also understood to be giving some support.

Tesco has pledged to help the food bank, which is based at the Christian Fellowship in the Sovereign Centre, with another collection later in the year.