THE Christmas spirit was clearly alive and well last week at Tesco in Long Eaton, where shoppers responded overwhelmingly to an appeal for food donations.
Kind-hearted shoppers visiting the the supermarket from Thursday to Saturday donated 2.7 tonnes (2,773kgs) of food to the local foodbank, to help stop people in the community going hungry.
“Thanks to the tremendous response from Tesco customers we are going to be able to provide much needed food parcels to local families and people in crisis over Christmas and in the New Year,” said Pat Hassall, manager of the Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank.
“The foodbank is most grateful for the shopper's fantastic generosity, which has given an enormous boost to the foodbank's stocks. We would also like to express our thanks to Tesco, Long Eaton for all the enthusiastic support it provided and the offer to top up for us by 20% in cash, the value of all the food collected,” added Pat Hassall
Commented local MP Maggie Throup, after assisting with the collection on the Friday: “The local community has been extremely generous with donations of non-perishable food items to help those in need. For the foodbank to have raised 2.7 tonnes of food is absolutely heart-warming.”
Supermarket collections are one of the main ways for the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank to be stocked. The charity provides emergency food supplies for three days for those in need, in exchange for vouchers obtained from health visitors, social, church and community workers.
The Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank provides a vital resource for those in the community facing a food crisis which may have resulted from: a failure in benefit support, a sudden loss of employment, a home break up and homelessness, debt, a large unexpected bill (a death in the family), rising utility costs.
Newly released figures reveal a 47% increase in number of three-day emergency supplies provided by Trussell Trust foodbanks last December compared to the monthly average for 2016/17 financial year. December 2016 was the busiest month for Trussell Trust foodbanks on record. A 13% increase in foodbank use during the first six months of this financial year suggests December 2017 will be even busier. The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with Christian charity The Trussell Trust. It was set up in October 2012 by volunteers from churches in the area, working with local communities.
For further information about the foodbank visit www.longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk.
Pic caption: MP Maggie Throup assisted with the foodbank's Christmas collection at Long Eaton’s Tesco supermarket.