Local Shoppers in Shropshire Help with Record Food Donations
Published 22 May 2019 in Community
A record amount of food donations has helped The Midcounties Co-operative distribute enough items to support 125 families living in poverty in Shropshire in the last year.
Shoppers, members and colleagues in the region donated more than 5,000 food items, which were distributed to local groups, including The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks in the region and Shrewsbury Food Bank Plus.
The collections at stores in Shropshire has contributed towards the Society donating 100,000 items to food banks across the country over the past year, 30% more than the previous year. Through these sustained efforts The Midcounties Co-operative has been able to provide much-needed food supplies to over 2,500 families living in poverty in the UK.
Karen Williams, Project Lead at Shrewsbury Food Bank Plus, said: “The donations made by shoppers and colleagues in the region have made such a huge difference to vulnerable families in the region.”
“We are seeing increasing numbers of people turning to us for support, and we rely on the generosity of others to help those most in need, so we’re incredibly grateful to the Midcounties team for their ongoing support.”
Samantha Stapley, Director of Operations at The Trussell Trust, said: “We’re very grateful for the support The Midcounties Co-operative has given to food banks in Shropshire."
“It’s only with the generous support of people and businesses in local communities that we’re able to work with our network to ensure emergency food and help are available, while at the same time challenging why people are being thrown into crisis in the first place.”
Alison Holmes, Leadership Team Ambassador for Shropshire at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “The generosity of our colleagues and shoppers in Shropshire has helped us to make a huge difference to groups like The Trussell Trust and Shrewsbury Food Hub over the past year."
“We will continue to work with charities and foodbanks in the local community, and with the help of our members and customers, will strive to provide even more food donations in 2019.”