Find out how one Food Store in Burton is helping families in need by launching a food bank collection

Posted by Rob Smyth | 13/08/2018 | Category: Community

One of our Food Stores in Burton has teamed up with an East Staffordshire charity to help collect items to create vital food parcels to help people in need.

Castle Park Food Store, based in Horninglow Road North, Burton, will now host a special food bank all year round, with any donation made by customers and members benefitting local people who are supported by East Staffordshire Family Support Service.

The charity helps any family in the area with children aged up to 19 years old by offering one-to-one, home-based support and interactive peer groups, promoting positive parenting and support for the whole family.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op, said: “The Co-operative has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we welcome the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of local people.

“It is really important to have strong links with the local community and I am proud to be able to launch this food bank to help benefit the great work that the East Staffordshire Family Support Service does in the area.”

Central England Co-op works all year round with over 50 different food bank partners after the scheme was initially launched during Christmas 2013.

The food banks in stores have resulted in thousands of people every month from Birmingham to Norfolk being given enough food to cook meals.

So far this year over 200,000 items have been donated by customers and members to help people in need.

Ian North, Chief Executive at East Staffordshire Family Support Service, said: “It’s great to be working with Central England Co-op helping support families across East Staffordshire.

“Working in partnership with our community enables us to not only support families but also help them when times get difficult.

 “We offer family support through a tailored approach to the whole family and now we can offer food parcels which can make all the difference to families in their time of need.

 “We would like to thank Central England Co-op for their ongoing support.”

Items that can be donated include shopping basket staples from tea, sugar and cereals to other essentials such as toiletries and hygiene products.

Eileen Banton, who played a key role in securing the new link between store and charity, said: “The food bank is a new addition to the already great support being given to families.

“I am very grateful for the support from Central England Co-op in having a food bank in store as it will make such a difference.

“If customers can add an extra tin to their shopping and place it in the collection box, they will be helping those in the community who are in need of a little extra help.”

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