Season for sharing and goodwill
The collection for Chiltern Foodbank took place between Thursday, December 3 and Saturday, December 5 at Tesco in London Road West, Amersham, in partnership with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, Fareshare.
For many people in food poverty, emergency food is just the first step in helping them access other services and support which can help get their lives back on track, so the potential impact of a food donation cannot be underestimated.
Chiltern Foodbank has given 1,295 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis in April to September of this year.
Chiltern Foodbank coordinator Dave Worrall said: “Once again we are overwhelmed by so many Tesco customers giving so generously to those in need.
“Though it’s the foodbank that co-ordinates the distribution of the food it is the community that provides it and we are extremely grateful to all those customers who visited the Amersham store during the Neighbourhood Collection period and gave so generously to ensure that we can help those in crisis over the Christmas period winter.”
During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat and Christmas fare. Fifty volunteers from the Chiltern Foodbank,
Flexglobal, Amersham, Dr Challoner’s Grammar and Dr Challoner’s High School joined with Tesco staff in store to collect donations from kindhearted customers.
Tesco then topped up all donations by 30 per cent.
Trussell Trust chief executive David McAuley said: “We want to say a massive thank you to all those who participated in this December’s Neighbourhood Food Collection.
“Christmas is a particularly stark time to
the face hunger. For families already managing on extremely tight budgets, increased winter fuel bills and the absence of free school meals can force people to make harsh choices between heating the home or feeding the family.
“We’ve met families who are all sleeping in one room to share warmth, school children too cold to sleep and elderly people down to their last tin of food.
“There are too many people struggling to afford fuel and food in the UK. The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store staff and volunteers, will enable foodbanks UK wide to provide vital food and support to people who find themselves struggling, making this Christmas a little brighter for people in crisis.” SANTA Clause completes his tour of the Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross this week.
His mammoth journey has taken him all across South Bucks and Chiltern, visiting a number of villages on route to his final stop on Christmas Eve.
He has been out every day this month, getting people into the Christmas spirit.
Organised by The Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter, check below for Santa’s final tour of Bucks. 6pm-8pm Chalfont St Giles Silver Hill, Sycamore Road, Back Lane 6pm-8pm Chalfont St Peter Gables Close/Foxdell, Misbourne/Amersham Road
Mimi Harker, joins Dr Challoner’s High School pupils, Flexglobal staff members, MP Cheryl Gillan and Chiltern Foodbank co-ordinator Dave Worrall at the Tesco event