THIS weekend’s food appeal collected a whopping 225 tons in Malaga instead of the expected 150.

La Gran Recogida, organised by food bank Bancosol, took place at supermarkets and shops across the province on Friday and Saturday.

Shoppers gave generously – all keen to help out the thousands of families affected by unemployment and Spain’s current economic situation.

“Many shoppers donated and we received a very good amount of non-perishable foods,” said American volunteer Ron Adam who helped out at SuperSol in Nerja on Friday.

Across Andalucia 1.5million kilos were collected, almost double the 800,000 expected.