Thank you for helping collect over 60,000 items as part of our Christmas Foodbank Appeal

Posted by Rob Smyth | 20/12/2017 | Category: Community

Today we say ‘thank you’ to our customers and members after they donated over 60,000 items in support of the Christmas Foodbank Appeal.

The Society launched its five-week campaign in an effort to bring a little festive cheer to those in need and provide emergency food and support to individuals and families in crisis.

Colleagues at over 180 food stores across 16 counties used already strong connections with local foodbank providers to encourage people to drop off one or more items – resulting in an incredible response.

Over 11,000 items a week were donated and, in total, over 60,000 were collected in just a matter of weeks.

This incredible example of co-operation and community means that over 5,500 food parcels – made up of around 11 items – can now be handed out, providing over 16,000 meals to people in need.

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative Chief Executive, said: “Everyone involved with the Society has been delighted with the amazing response by customers and members to our Christmas Foodbank Appeal.

“As a co-operative, we are proud to be able to be able to support the great work of local foodbanks across our trading area during the festive season and throughout the year.

“In just five weeks, we helped collect over 60,000 items, provide 16,000 meals to those in crisis and make a real difference in our communities.

“Following the success of the Christmas Foodbank Appeal, we want to appeal to our customers and members to continue to support our foodbanks throughout 2018 to help provide meals for people in need across the area all year round.

“Everyone at Central England Co-op would like to thank our members and customers for their generosity and supporting us in this project.”

An average of six items were donated per bag left in one of the Society foodbanks and this included items such as tea, sugar and cereals to other essentials such as toiletries and hygiene products to ensure people can maintain their dignity during times of crisis.

The Christmas Foodbank Appeal was launched on the back of year round relationships currently in place with local foodbank providers and hundreds of Central England Co-op stores.

During Christmas 2013, Central England Co-operative Society 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.

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

Paul Brookhouse, from the Hope Centre, in Derby, operates a weekly foodbank for people in need in the city.

He spoke about the impact that the Christmas Foodbank Appeal had had on the organisation and the people in need across the area.

He said: “Although it saddens me that there are so many local people in need of food, the wonderful kindness of the Central England Co-Operative customers is truly uplifting. 

“On behalf of all the people they have helped I would like to say a big thank you."

More details about the Society’s work with foodbanks and the community in general can be found by visiting

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