A traditional Harvest Festival was celebrated at All Saints Church in Leighton.
More than 350 people came on Sunday morning to three different services and brought non-perishable food as time honoured thanksgiving gifts.
All the tins and packets have been given to the Leighton Linslade Homeless Service.
The church was decorated throughout with fruit, vegetables and flowers to celebrate and say thank you for a good crop of food this year.
The church was also full on Tuesday morning when Pulford School visited twice for their Harvest Festival services with different age groups, watched by over 200 parents and grandparents.
As well as food, nearly £1,000 was raised for the Bishop of St Alban’s Harvest appeal, called a Sweeter Deal.
It is providing bee hives and training to transform the lives of poor communities in Ethiopia by helping them to produce honey.
The curate at All Saints, The Rev Dr. Chrichton Limbert, paid tribute to all the hard work that had gone into decorating the church saying: “Many church groups and individuals provided lovely displays all-round the church as a perfect celebration of a bountiful harvest. The traditional sights and smells of a country harvest are alive and well in Leighton Buzzard, while doing good for the community both here and in Africa.”