Charity in a can from sandwich shop customers

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CUSTOMERS at an Eastbourne sandwich shop donated more than 130 cans of food to the Salvation Army in exchange for free sandwiches.

The charity event took place at the Subway shop at Eastbourne Train Station on May 19.

The cans will be used by the Salvation Army to help those most in need. This includes supporting families and older people on low incomes with food parcels, offering cans to people sleeping rough and those without a home from Salvation Army drop-in and advice centres, and supplying training kitchens and self-catering units in Salvation Army accommodation and support centres for homeless people and families.

More than 7,500 cans were collected at Subway stores across the south and south east for the charity and an estimated three tonnes of food will be going to good causes across the region.

Major Ray Irving, director of social services at The Salvation Army, said, “The generosity from local Subway stores and from the hundreds of people who donated cans, will enable The Salvation Army to give practical and emotional support to people who struggle to provide the basics for the table.

“The initiative had a fantastic response and the amount of cans collected was astonishing, we’re delighted that local Subway stores chose to support us in this very practical way.”