Over six tonnes of donations for food bank campaign
An estimated 6,912kg of donations, the equivalent of around 16,458 meals, have been distributed across 40 community larders and food banks in December thanks to the generosity of local people.
Lincolnshire Co-op shoppers and colleagues collected essential items and also donated £18,785 of their dividend and cash throughout December 2020 in order to support those in need.
The Society reversed the traditional advent calendar format and instead, suggested one item each day that shoppers could drop in collection bins in their local outlets. These items ranged from tinned goods to toiletries and cleaning products.
Food banks typically experience an increased in demand over the festive season, but this year the need for community support was unprecedented.
Jenni Harding, Newark Food Bank’s Public Relations and Fundraising Co-ordinator said the food bank saw its highest ever demand in 2020, but also experienced the most donations they’ve ever received over the festive period. She said: “Donations are vital to us – if the local community didn’t support us, we wouldn’t be able to do our job and help others.
“We understand that Christmas is a busy and expensive time for everyone, so thank you so much to those who took the time to donate to the Food Bank Advent Calendar campaign.”
Donations continue to arrive at food banks throughout January, as those participating from home, work, or school were encouraged to collect their donations over the month and take them to food banks, community larders, or drop-off points at the end of the advent calendar campaign.
Sam Turner, Community Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who donated to our Food Bank Advent Calendar campaign.
“Thanks to the generosity of our shoppers, members, and colleagues, we’ve been able to support the important work of local food banks in our area and help feed families at Christmas at beyond.”