Generous shoppers help to feed those in need
THE response to this year’s Christmas appeal by the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank has been overwhelming. The charity’s volunteers received a more than 3 tons (3389kg) of food from the many kind-hearted shoppers at the Long Eaton Tesco supermarket on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week (Nov 27 to 29).
Customers at the store were given a shopping list and encouraged to pick up an item of non-perishable food, such as cereals, long-life milk, tins of meat or fish, soup, tea and coffee, and donate it at the end of their shopping trip.
The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank joined more than 420 other Trussell Trust foodbanks in last week’s nationwide food collection hosted by Tesco stores.
According to the latest figures published by the Christian charity Trussell Trust the number of people helped by foodbanks is 38% higher than for the same period last year.
“The cheerful generosity of the shoppers has been incredible this year. This is a substantial increase on the 2.5 tons donated in our Christmas appeal last year,” commented Peter Lindahl, spokesperson for the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank.
“Donations ranged from a single can of food to a whole shopping trolley full. They provide a tremendous boost to the foodbank’s stocks and will help to support individuals and families in need over Christmas and into the New Year.
“The fantastic response from shoppers at the store in Long Eaton shows that increasing numbers are aware that food poverty exists and want to help. Truly the Christmas spirit is alive and well in this community.”
Like last year, Tesco has again very kindly offered to provide the foodbank with a further 30% of the value of the food donated.
The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank provides emergency food parcels for three days to local families, single parents and individuals in crisis. It relies entirely on donations of food and money from schools, supermarkets, firms and individuals, in order to do so.
The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust. An ecumenical Christian charity, it was set up by a small band of volunteers from churches in the area, in partnership with local communities. All the food handed out is donated by the public, churches, supermarkets and catering firms.