Warehouse manager Zoe Hawkes stocking rails. Picture by Laura Holme.
NEW school uniforms have been made available at the Isle of Wight Foodbank, Cowes.
Rails of grey and black trousers, skirts and dresses were donated by an Island supermarket last year.
The Foodbank is making these clothes available in time for the return to school.
It comes after the Citizens Advice Bureau announced a quarter of parents faced getting into debt to pay for school uniforms.
In the South East, 70 per cent of parents face costs of at least £70. The problems can escalate when there is more than one child and the age gap or gender difference means clothes cannot be passed down.
Each item at the Foodbank is available for just 50p and it is hoped the offer will give valuable support to struggling families.
Project manager Hannah King said: "It’s fantastic we have been supported like this and the small donation will go towards covering our running costs and keeping the foodbank on the Island."
She added: "We want to get rid of it all this year, because if we store it for another winter it might get damp, so we are encouraging everybody to come and make use of this opportunity."
The supermarket that made the donation has asked to remain anonymous and the labels inside the clothing have been cut out.
Lee Hodgson, from Isle of Wight Citizens Advice Bureau, said: "Mums and dads shouldn’t have to resort to borrowing money to pay for new school kit."
The Foodbank is located on the Somerton Business Park, at Newport Road, Cowes. It is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 9am and noon.
• Most schools on the Island have already re-opened this week.