Generous shoppers at Tesco’s Long Eaton store donated more than 1.9 tonnes (1983.3kg) of food to the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank last week. That’s equivalent to 5667 meals for people in need. The foodbank joined more than 440 other Trussell Trust foodbanks in last week’s nationwide collection (June 30th to July 2nd). The event was run in partnership with Tesco stores to provide emergency food parcels for people experiencing food poverty. In addition, the supermarket chain will be topping up customer donations by making a 20% financial donation of the value of the food collected.
“The summer holidays are a particularly difficult time for families whose children usually receive free school meals. Over that period our two foodbanks see a noticeable rise in need as parents already managing extremely tight budgets are pushed into food crisis,”
said Norman Thomas, spokesman for the foodbank. Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that our two foodbanks are stocked. During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items, such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables. We are delighted by the way the public has responded to our appeal to help those individuals and families struggling to make ends meet”.
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. Less than 5% of people coming to foodbanks are homeless, many are working families struggling to make ends meet. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for vouchers, obtained from front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church and community workers. Clients are limited to three vouchers in a row and nine in a year. The main reasons people seek help from a foodbank are low income, benefit delays or change.
The foodbank is one of some 440 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.