Leighton is celebrating Harvest Festival by launching a massive food drive in a bid to tackle the town’s unseen problem with hunger and poverty.
Families living in the town are struggling to feed their children yet most people are unaware that there’s a problem.
According to shock figures recently released 13 per cent of the district’s children live in poverty.
Over the summer holidays volunteers were issuing food parcels to families in Meadow Way . Churches, too, have been aiding the poor.
Now church groups, supermarkets and charity groups are mobilising their forces for a new initiative called Harvest In The Street, that will be launched on the day of the Harvest Festival, September 22, when Leighton-Linslade holds its Past, Present and Future Market Day.
The campaign is the brainchild of Colin Ashby and Tom Shattock, from Churches Together.
Said Colin: “ Having read a piece about food banks I researched and found out that it is a problem that is affecting all towns and major cities in the UK.
“With anecdotal information from my wife about feeding some children breakfast before school at Leedon I pieced together that Leighton Linslade does not have a food bank as such but Luton, Dunstable, Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead have.
“I did not realise the scale of the problem.
“Having attended a meeting with Churches Together it was evident that various churches and groups were doing their bit there was no co-ordination and knowledge of the full problem in town.
“A food bank will not sort the problem out but it can alleviate the problem in the short term.”
Volunteers will be collecting food donations outside supermarkets from Sep 19, market traders will be donating, schools raising the issue and charity groups helping out.
On the day of the event dedicated market stalls will accept food donations.