The Isle of Wight foodbank is urging Islanders not to donate raw meat, following a “contamination” incident.
The organisation says that a large quantity of donated “defrosted dog food” dripped blood over two separate crates of food.
This has led to otherwise “perfectly good food” being thrown away due to contamination fears.
Manager of the foodbank, Hannah King, is asking Islanders to only donate “non-perishable foods”:
“If you are going to donate, we are so grateful, but… please only donate… anything in tins, packets and anything sealed and in date. Just not raw meat.”
Not only has the contamination ruined an influx of donations but it has also left a “horrendous” smell on the carpet.
Hannah’s now calling on kind-hearted Islanders to donate money towards buying a new one:
“It’s completely wrecked the carpet that we have in the hallway… the smell is just horrendous. We have had it cleaned and done what we can and we just can’t get rid of the smell.
“All the funds that come into the foodbank are put towards getting the van on the road… and keeping the foodbank running. So I don’t have the funds to spend on carpeting our hallway.”
This month the foodbank’s appealing for Tinned Potatoes, Biscuits, Custard, Sponge Puddings, and Fruit Juice.
You can find out how to donate food – and money for a new carpet – on its website, here.