30,000 meals donated in a month

Food banks have said ‘thank you’ to people for donating enough food to deliver 30,000 meals to those impacted by Coronavirus.

In just one month, our kind-hearted customers and members across the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire have donated over 60,000 items into special collection points in all of our stores as part of an urgent food bank appeal launched last month.

These items have been collected by food partners in the area, turned into food packages and handed out to those most at need during this uncertain time.

However, food banks have also reiterated that it is vital people continue to donate items in the coming weeks and months to ensure everyone from families to schoolchildren do not go hungry.

Central England Co-op Chief Executive Debbie Robinson said: “Even in times of uncertainty, our customers and members have shown once again their generosity by donating enough food to ensure that thousands of people can receive vital care packages and cook meals for them and their families.

“On behalf of our food bank partners, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported our food bank campaign but also to ask them to continue to dig deep and keep donating an item or two when they visit our stores.

“If we all continue to work together as a community during this uncertain time we will be able to make sure that nobody goes hungry and everyone gets the vital support they need.”

Items needed for the food bank appeal include cereal, tinned food and fruit, tea bags, dried pasta, rice, long life milk, sugar, biscuits, fruit juice and squash, pasta sauce and instant coffee.

On average, food banks are seeing a 50% fall in donations coupled with a 100% rise in requests for food parcels with new enquiries coming from people who are self isolating, self employed and families who have children that would normally be getting free school meals.

We currently work with over 60 food bank partners spread across 16 counties.

We have also made significant donations to our partners FareShare Midlands and FareShare East Anglia to ensure that the vital work they do in the local community can continue at this time.

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