The charity’s volunteers received 2.6 tons (just over 2600kg) of food from the many kind-hearted shoppers at the
Long Eaton Tesco supermarket on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week (November 21st to 23rd 2019).
Customers at the store were given a shopping list and encouraged to pick up an item of non-perishable food, such as cereals, long-life milk, tins of meat or fish, soup, tea and coffee, and donate it at the end of their shopping trip.
The local foodbank joined more than 420 other Trussell Trust foodbanks in the nationwide food collection hosted by Tesco stores.
“The response to our appeal has been most gratifying,” commented Pat Hassall, manager of the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank.
“It was true Christmas spirit in action with many happy to help those in need and donations ranging from a single can of food to an amazing four trolleys load!”
The food collected will be given in emergency food parcels to local people who cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.
In addition, Tesco is once again generously topping up the value of the customer donations by 20%, so providing additional funds to support the foodbank’s work in the community.
“We are most grateful to all the kind-hearted shoppers who donated during the collection, as well as the store’s staff who provided helpful assistance. The foodbank relies on the support of the community to make sure there is enough emergency food for those in need.”
The charity provides three days’ worth of emergency food to local people in crisis. Everyone who comes to the foodbank is referred by a frontline agency or professional, such as a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor, social worker, church or community worker.
The Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust. It was set up in October 2012 by volunteers from churches in the area, working with local communities.
An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the food bank can be the boost someone needs to break free from poverty.
Further information about the foodbank is available at: www.longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk.
Picture: A kind shopper makes a donation to the foodbank at Tesco’s Long Eaton store.