Halloween event collects phenomenal amount of food

Organisers of a Halloween Trick or Eat collection for Hackney Foodbank have been moved to tears after supporters donated enough food to fill three small lorries.

Locals donated 5,347 kilos of food to Trick or Eat - the equivalent to 12,732 meals. Melanie Rochford, of Hackney Foodbank described the moment she saw how much food had been collected as: "spine-tingling."

The initiative, organised by The Local Buyers Club, a perks card promoting independent shops and restaurants, saw more than 60 streets collecting non-perishable food. Locals, some dressed up for Halloween, followed the Trick or Eat trail – donating food as they went.

Jenna Fansa, of the Local Buyers Club, said: “For families who were worried about trick or treating this year, Trick or Eat was a lovely, safe way of enjoying Halloween and helping people who are experiencing hard times. We cleared a space in our living room ready for the donations but were so swamped that we filled the kitchen and hallway too. We could barely close the door! It took four visits from Hackney Foodbank to collect the food - filling three small lorries.