Our Summer Food Bank Appeal has received 140,000 donations and created 35,000 meals for kids at risk of holiday hunger

Posted by Rob Smyth | 07/09/2018 | Category: Community

We can today reveal that customers and members have donated enough food to feed 35,000 children at risk of holiday hunger this summer.

The Society hosted a special three-month Summer Food Bank Appeal to help youngsters in need across the area after food bank partners revealed a rise in demand from families who see the safety net of free school meals removed during the summer holidays was the biggest issue that they faced outside of Christmas.

Our campaign saw a total of 141,000 items – ranging from food to toiletries – dropped off at special food bank collection points at over 180 Food Stores across 16 counties during June, July and August and then used to create special packed lunches for projects that tackle holiday hunger during the summertime.

Holiday hunger often leaves people trying to stretch their budgets in order to eat and in some cases going without proper food during the holidays.

Across the retailer’s trading estate of 16 counties, figures from End Child Poverty revealed that over 400,000 children are at risk of falling into holiday hunger during 2018.

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative Chief Executive, said: “We have been astonished by the generosity of our customers and members in their support of our Summer Food Bank Appeal and I would like to thank every person who found the time to donate to this vital campaign.

“To have collected over 140,000 items and created meals for 35,000 children is an amazing achievement and, most importantly, will have had a major impact for youngsters at risk of going hungry this summer.

“We are proud to work with amazing food bank partners all year round and continue to urge our customers and members, if they can, to drop off an item or two into the special collection points in our stores to make sure vital support continues for people in need all year round.”

So far this year, Central England Co-op and its food bank partners have helped collect over 200,000 items via all year round collection points and special campaigns at Christmas, Easter and summer.

During Christmas 2013, Central England Co-op trialled an in-store food bank collection and such was its success that the Society now has permanent food bank collection points in hundreds of its stores.

This has resulted in thousands of people every month from Birmingham to Norfolk being given enough food to cook meals.

The Society now works with over 50 different food banks to provide emergency food and support to individuals and families in crisis throughout the year.

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

More details about the Society’s work with food banks and the community in general can be found by visiting https://www.centralengland.coop/

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