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Bethlehem House of Bread food bank manager Norma Cowan.
Bethlehem House of Bread food bank manager Norma Cowan.

A food bank hit a setback when a promised shipment of bread vanished from Bellshill before they were able to collect it.

Bethlehem House of Bread food bank, based at Cumbernauld church Cornerstone House, was contacted by distribution firm Benfleet to say that France-based bread manufacturer Maison Menissez wanted to donate a pallet containing 800 packets of part-baked petit pains.

Food bank manager Norma Cowan said: “We were told that this bread would be available to collect from the Morrisons distribution depot in Bellshill.”

Several e-mails were exchanged between Norma, Benfleet and Maison Menissez, and last week the food bank volunteers went to Bellshill hoping to return with hundreds of loaves.

Norma said: “We hired a van specifically for this collection and went to Bellshill to pick up our bread, only to find it was gone.

“We were told that the bread had been sent to a food bank in England as this was Morrisons company policy.

“I think the customers of these supermarkets will be interested to learn that food is being sent to food banks in England when it is needed here.”

A Morrisons spokeswoman said that the bread had been moved on because nobody in the depot was aware it was intended for Cornerstone.

Morrisons has now offered to donate a new shipment of bread to Cornerstone and reimburse the cost of the van hire.

The supermarket chain is also rolling out a programme to donate unsold food from its 500 branches across the UK to community organisations.