Christmas cheer for foodbank
Santa has delivered an amazing amount of Christmas cheer to the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank this Christmas. The “present” the charity received from Mr Claus and his elves was one which had been at the top of its wish list: a generous grant of £8,500 from Derbyshire County Council.
“We are immensely grateful to receive the council’s support for our mission to tackle food poverty in the community,” said Peter Lindahl, spokesman for the foodbank. “The funding will go towards the development of the foodbank and the costs of running it. We are in need of a proper storage facility (currently, most of our food stock is having to be kept in a lock-up garage), and will be looking to acquire a suitable facility in the New Year.”
In addition, in the two weeks prior to Christmas Eve, the foodbank has been delighted to have received donations of food from kind-hearted individuals, numerous local organisations and firms amounting to more than one ton, as well as large donations of toiletries and essential household items.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community and friends, both large and small,” commented the foodbank’s manager Pat Hassall. “This has enabled us to ensure that those individuals in crisis this Christmas have received a warm welcome and a little extra over the festive period. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the foodbank this year and wish them all a happy and prosperous New Year.”
Food poverty continues to be a serious issue in the UK despite the economic recovery. Figures released by the Trussell Trust recently (November 28), show that the number of people helped by foodbanks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year. Winter is the hardest time of the year for people living in poverty. With fuel prices rising, many face a stark choice between eating and heating. The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank provides a vital safety net for the homeless, the unemployed and those on low incomes in the area. Increasingly, people on low incomes are living on a financial knife edge where even a small crisis (car repair bill, washing machine needing to be replaced, etc), can lead families to face hunger. Foodbank clients receive emergency food supplies for three days, in exchange for vouchers, obtained from front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church and community workers. All the food provided is donated by the public, schools, churches, firms, supermarkets and catering firms. The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank, is one of more than 400 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, a Christian-based charity.
*Members of the public can contact the Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank on: tel. 07950 547671, email firstname.lastname@example.org