Monday, 3 August 2015

GENEROUS SHOPPERS

Generous shoppers help feed those in need with over 3.6 million meals donated nationally during recent Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust. TESCO customers have donated an incredible 3.6 million meals during the sixth nationwide Neighbourhood Food Collection this summer. The figure is an increase of 13% compared to last summer’s collection. At the beginning of the month, as part of a national Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with Trussell Trust, the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank received food donations from the public at Tesco Long Eaton for three days (Thursday to Saturday, July 2nd – 4th).

The foodbank is extremely grateful to the generous shoppers who handed its volunteers more than 2 tons (2382.2kg) of food, and the work of the Neighbourhood Wardens in transporting 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 has also received food and money donations throughout the year from individuals, local schools, local churches and local businesses, plus a generous donation secured by Derbyshire Community Foundation from the Walbrook fund.

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.”

Nationwide, there has been a significant increase in the amount of food customers are donating day in day out at in-store permanent collection points. Over 2.1 million meals worth of food were donated at permanent collection points in 507 Tesco stores in the first six months of 2015, almost as much as the whole of 2014 combined. The total of meals donated to people in need since The Neighbourhood Food Collection began in December 2012 is now at 27.5 million. This includes food donated at in-store permanent collection points, local collections, Tesco’s 30% top-up, plus surplus food from Tesco’s dotcom distribution centres. The total figure for 2015 alone is over 6 million.

*Please contact the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank manager if you know of people in food crisis or if you would like to help as a volunteer: info@longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk or tel. 07950 547671.