Vil­lagers thank­ful for store’s gifts of food

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - RACHEL PAR­RISH rachel.par­rish@trin­i­tymir­

SAINS­BURY’S is spread­ing the love with a food do­na­tion scheme that just keeps giv­ing.

Ev­ery week, the su­per­mar­ket in The Cres­cent hands over trol­ley-loads of food that would oth­er­wise go to waste to a team from Bar­well’s Ge­orge Ward Cen­tre which passes it on to peo­ple in need from across the vil­lage and be­yond.

On Tues­days from noon, peo­ple are in­vited to the Church Lane cen­tre to re­ceive sup­plies of fresh food, share toast and tea and ben­e­fit from free fi­nan­cial ad­vice and form-filling help.

They are joined by vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from Earl Shilton, sup­ported by vicar’s wife Re­becca Cas­tle, who then takes back left-over loaves to dis­trib­ute to needy house­holds in that commu- nity.

Bar­well’s PCSO Nathan Ba­s­tock, who is based in the build­ing, is also on hand to talk over com­mu­nity con­cerns, while other vil­lagers get in­volved by help­ing to sort and hand out the food or tak­ing in do­na­tions of other items.

Some of the sur­plus bread is put in a freezer at the cen­tre for dis­tribut­ing to peo­ple who are un­able to at­tend on the day.

Cen­tre man­ager Les­ley Pratt said: “It has been ab­so­lutely brilliant.

“I don’t think any of us thought it would be used as much as it has been.

“We help lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“It has been a bit of an eye-opener and some­times a bit of a tear-jerker.”

She said one young mum who went to the cen­tre with her son at half term ended up in tears be­cause she was so thank­ful for the food she re­ceived.

Mrs Pratt said: “There’s a real knock-on ef­fect.

“We can’t thank Sains­bury’s enough.

“It’s a real ben­e­fit to the vil­lage.”

Cen­tre users cre­ated a col­lage of pho­to­graphs and text show­ing how the su­per­mar­ket do­na­tions have been used, which was put on dis­play close to the check­outs at the store for shop­pers to see.

In ad­di­tion to food, the cen­tre some­times ben­e­fits from do­na­tions of other un­saleable items which re­cently in­cluded mis­matched multi-packs of un­der­wear from Sains­bury’s cloth­ing depart­ment.

Peo­ple go­ing along to the cen­tre’s Tues­day ses­sions can make use of a free sup­port ser­vice of­fer­ing en­ergy price com­par­isons in a bid to re­duce fuel pay­ments, along with bud­get­ing ad­vice and other money man­age­ment help.

To find out more call the Ge­orge Ward Cen­tre on Hinck­ley 847410 or go on­line.

Sains­bury’s PR am­bas­sador Nicky Blower, cen­tre left, and cloth­ing team leader Har­riet Rich­ley, cen­tre right, with other staff from the su­per­mar­ket at The Cres­cent, Hinck­ley, hold a col­lage made by peo­ple who use Bar­well’s Ge­orge Ward Cen­tre, in­clud­ing, from left, cen­tre man­ager Les­ley Pratt and Han­nah Pratt and, from right, Martha Wake­field and Bar­well PCSO 6544 Nathan Ba­s­tock

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