VEGETABLES from the Botanic Garden’s first harvest of the year will help hungry people across the county.

The University of Oxford’s Garden donated fresh produce to the Oxford Food Bank, based in New Hinksey Lane.

Staff at the Rose Lane garden handed over food grown in their vegetable patches, following their first harvest on Tuesday.

Co-founder of Oxford Food Bank Robin Aitken said: “Our charities will be delighted to receive it.

“The thing about the food is it’s the best of the best.

“It’s great that we can give that food to the homeless and people in difficulties generally.”

New potatoes, spinach and beans were among the donated vegetables.

The food bank provides a daily food supply to 60 charities across the county.

Future weekly harvests from the Botanic Garden will go to the foodbank, run by more than 100 volunteers.

Mr Aitken said: “We reckon we contribute towards 10-12,000 meals a week.”

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