Many food banks in the UK are to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral

Many food banks are set to close on the day of the Queen's funeral

Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the funeral (Image: Getty)

Some food banks in the UK will close on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

A number of distribution centers and warehouses will close across the UK Bank Holiday Monday.

Some of the first to announce they will close are those in Stoke-on-Trent and Keynsham in Bristol.

Others followed suit in Liverpool, Stockport, Sunderland and County Durham.

The Trussell Trust has confirmed some of its Stoke sites will close as the nation mourns.

Most are independent and have been given the choice to close or remain open on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral, a spokesman said.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The food banks are all independent but we have emailed saying it is a public holiday and they can decide what to do.

“It really depends on the local needs on the ground, volunteers will know if it’s particularly quiet on a Monday or if it’s a busier day.”

Some food banks across the UK are set to close on Monday (Image: Getty)

Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said: “The food banks in our network hold sessions on different days and at different times.

“Food banks are best placed to make the right decision for their communities and will ensure that everyone who needs support can access it, as they do every Bank Holiday.

“As each food bank is an independent charity, we would encourage people who need support to contact their local food bank to check their opening hours.”

Wimbledon Foodbank in south London published online to confirm it would close on Monday, but hours later said it had been “overwhelmed with support” and would remain open.

Volunteers at Community for Food are seen unpacking donations at their center

Some were given the choice to close or stay open on the day of the Queen’s funeral (Image: Getty)

He said: “Due to the overwhelming support we have received we now have volunteers to run our session on Monday as usual.

“As a reminder, we are not a government agency and operate solely on people’s donations of time, money and food.

“All food bank hubs will be closed on Monday 19 September due to a funeral. We will reopen from Tuesday 20 September.

It comes as thousands of supermarkets and shops across the country will also close their doors to customers as a mark of respect for the Queen.

John Lewis, Primark, Aldi and Waitrose are just some of the stores that will be closed during the ceremony on Monday.

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Meanwhile, Homebase and Blue Diamond Garden Centers will also be closed to honor the country’s 70-year-old monarch.

Other stores may plan to offer reduced hours, as many do on other public holidays. Everything is expected to reopen as normal on September 20.

Many other aspects of daily life have been put on hold following the loss of Her Majesty, who was 96.

The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until Monday morning while the Queen lies in state at the Palace of Westminster.

More than 200,000 people queued to see the Queen Mother lie in state in 2002, and millions are expected to see the Queen with queues taking hours to reach the front.

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