Shoppers help to fight hunger

Published on: Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Long Eaton shoppers donated a generous 3042 kg (3.042 ton), of food to the local foodbank last week.  Last year over the same period the foodbank collected 2773.6 kg.

From Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1, the Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank took part in the annual Tesco food collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.

The food donated to the foodbank will be given in emergency food parcels to local people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.
Foodbank volunteers greeted customers in store with a list of items most needed by the foodbank, with supermarket shoppers encouraged to pick up items to donate at the end of their shop.

This was the 11th collection to have taken place in the UK, and Tesco is once again topping up the value of the customer donations by 20%, so providing additional funds to support the foodbank’s work in the community.

Pat Hassall, the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank’s manager said: "During the lead up to Christmas our volunteers will welcome numerous local people at risk of going hungry. Having the food at the start of the month is really important to ensure we are ready to support the vulnerable of our community experiencing food poverty.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated during the food collection. We depend on the support of people in the area to make sure there is enough emergency food for people referred to us, so we’re extremely grateful for the way the community has provided support for those in need.”

The charity provides three days’ worth of emergency food to local people in crisis. Everyone who comes to the foodbank is referred by a frontline agency or professional, such as a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor, social worker, church or community worker.

The Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank, is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust. It was set up in October 2012 by volunteers from churches in the area, working with local communities.

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