Thursday, 26 May 2016

FOODBANK CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank is urging members of the community to help local people from going hungry by volunteering for the UK’s biggest food collection. As part of the national Neighbourhood Food Collection, the Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank will be collecting non-perishable food items at the Tesco supermarket in Long Eaton from Thursday, June 30th to Saturday July 2nd, 9am to 5pm. The national collection is run twice annually by a partnership of the foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, food redistribution charity FareShare and Tesco. The aim is to provide food to people in crisis across the UK, by encouraging Tesco customers to donate items in their local store. Since the collection launched in 2012, 30 million meals have been collected.

The foodbank’s collection at the Long Eaton Tesco last summer.
The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust network, provides emergency parcels containing three days’supply of emergency food to people referred by a frontline professional, such as a health visitor, social worker, church leader and community workers. More than 12.5 tons of three-day emergency food supplies were provided to 1171 local people by the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank in 2015. Last summer, thanks to the generosity of Long Eaton Tesco customers 2.382 tons of food was received by the foodbank as a result of a Neighbourhood Food Collection.

With a record 1.1 million three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis last year alone, supermarket collections like this remain an important way to ensure that Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked. It’s easy to make a difference by either donating or volunteering. Volunteers can sign up to help for as little as a few hours, and will be needed to offer customers a shopping list of items they can donate, gather the donated food at the store exit, thank customers and box up the food collected.
If you would like to help with the foodbank’s supermarket collection please contact the organisation’s manager Pat Hassall on info@longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk or tel. 07950 547671. The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank is one of some 440 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 association with local communities. All the food handed out is donated by the public, churches, supermarkets and catering firms.

Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank manager Pat Hassall says: ‘‘Anyone can find themselves in need of a foodbank. Every week we speak to people who never thought they’d face going hungry, but something unexpected happened, an illness, redundancy or the boiler breaking, and they were thrown into crisis. We’re glad we can be here to help, but our work can only continue because of the unfailing generosity of the community.

“We’re overwhelmed by the food, money and time people give. Volunteers in particular are the lifeblood of the work we do in helping stop local families going hungry, and the more volunteers we have at the Neighbourhood Food Collection, the more food we can collect. We’d love it if you could show us your support this summer.”