in Long Eaton
SHOPPERS visiting the Long Eaton Tesco supermarket in July were given the opportunity to help those in need in the community by donating to a foodbank.
As part of a national Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with Trussell Trust, Tesco allowed the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank to receive food items from the public at the store for three days (Thursday to Saturday, July 2 – 4). The foodbank is extremely grateful to the shoppers who handed our volunteers more than 2 tons (2382.2kg) of food, and the work of the Neighborhood Wardens in transposing the donations to its Sawley store.
An added bonus of this collection is the cash donation by Tesco to the foodbank representing 30% of the value of all the food donated.
The charity also received food and money donations throughout the year from individuals, local schools, local churches and local businesses. The foodbank functions as a as a community resource. Since commencing operating in October 2012, 2819 people (1868 adults and 951children); have been given emergency food parcels by the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank. It is one of some 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, an ecumenical Christian charity.
Many question the need for foodbanks, but the data collected nationwide by the Trussell Trust shows that Food poverty continues to be a serious issue in the UK despite the economic recovery.
Commented the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank’s manager Pat Hassall: “Over the past year Trussell Trust foodbanks have provided three days’ emergency food and support to 1,084,604 people in crisis, of which nearly 400,000 were children. In July to September of 2014, over 20,000 more people were referred to a foodbank than in the previous three months.”
“The summer holidays can be a particularly difficult time for families whose children usually receive free school meals. During this time foodbanks notice arise in need as parents already managing extremely tight budgets are pushed into food crisis.”
Please contact the foodbank manager if you know of people in food crisis or if you would like to help as a volunteer: email@example.com or tel. 07950 547671. During the Trussell Trusts’ foodbanks sixth nationwide food collection at Tesco stores shoppers donated food amounting to a total of 3.6 million meals!
That’s an incredible 13% increase compared to last summer’s collection. This will help to support more people in crisis this summer, particularly families struggling with the lack of free school meals and the additional cost of childcare during the long summer months.