Supermarkets and schools are the latest to throw their weight behind Harvest In The Street taking place in Leighton on Sunday.
Now the public are being urged to support the scheme to aid the town’s poor by donating tinned and packet food.
There will be a donation point for food (no fresh food please) at the three main supermarkets this week from 10 am to 4 pm.
Thursday is Morrison’s; Friday, Tesco and Saturday Waitrose. Organiser Colin Ashby said: “We need some volunteer help at these three sessions for an hour to two hours.
“We will also be promoting the Past, Present and Future Market Day.
“The Sunday donation point will be outside All Saints Church between 11 am to 4 pm”
Into the Light, the Salvation Army and Leighton Linslade Homeless Service will be there along with the Street Pastors and other Christian Groups.
“The main aim of all this,” said Colin, “Is to make people in the town aware that there is a problem.
“The Dunstable Food Bank, which has helped 1,200 people since April, has been considering opening a food bank up in Leighton Linslade and are willing to help us.
“There are groups who are very active in feeding the homeless and the very needy, and are doing a wonderful job, but the task is greater than their fantastic efforts and they need help.
“One aspect of the food drive is to give them more food to help more people.
“The vast majority of people who use food banks genuinely need help and it is to get them through a tough period not to make them dependent on handouts. There are also people out in the community who are really struggling and too proud.”