Co-op Midcounties asks communities to support local food banks through new fund
Co-op Midcounties is asking communities across its trading area to help ensure local food banks can continue to provide essential support to those in need with the launch of a new food bank fund.
Published 3 Apr 2020 in Society Announcements
The Society has opened the fund with a £25K donation and is calling on members, customers and the wider community to support food banks with monetary contributions to this fund, helping them to put food on the table for the most vulnerable throughout the pandemic crisis.
The fund will provide supplementary help to the many thousands of product donations already being made through Co-op Midcounties, by its members and its customers.
40 food banks, which all have a longstanding relationship with Co-op Midcounties, will be able to access these funds to buy supplies from its local Co-op Food stores.
Phil Ponsonby, Chief Executive of Co-op Midcounties, said: “So many people and organisations have been affected in all kinds of different ways by this pandemic, and food banks are certainly among the hardest hit.
“Since the outbreak, food banks have faced a funding crisis while also seeing food bank stock availability reduce significantly. As a Society, we have been encouraging our members and customers to support their local food banks through prominent promotion in store. But we feel now is the time to go further.
“The £25K donation we are launching the fund with is a significant one and will help put many meals on tables across our communities. I know many people find themselves in challenging financial situations themselves right now but, for those that are able, I’m asking for you to pull together, give what you can to support your food banks and ensure – among everything else happening around us – no one goes hungry.”
To donate to the Co-op Midcounties food bank fund please visit: https://mid.coop/FoodbankDonation