Shep­shed food­bank praises Co-op cus­tomers for do­na­tions to fes­tive ap­peal

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CEN­TRAL Eng­land Co-op­er­a­tive has said ‘thank you’ to cus­tomers and mem­bers in Le­ices­ter­shire af­ter they do­nated over 75,000 items in sup­port of the Christ­mas Food Bank Ap­peal – help­ing to cre­ate over 30,000 meals for peo­ple in need.

The re­tailer hosted a spe­cial five­week ap­peal in an ef­fort to bring a lit­tle fes­tive cheer and pro­vide emer­gency food and sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in cri­sis.

Over 15,000 items a week were do­nated and, in to­tal, over 75,000 were col­lected to pro­vide over 30,000 meals dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

Mar­tyn Chea­tle, Cen­tral Eng­land Co-op­er­a­tive Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We have all been amazed by the fan­tas­tic re­sponse to our Christ­mas Food Bank Ap­peal from cus­tomers, mem­bers and col­leagues in Le­ices­ter­shire.

“As a co-op­er­a­tive, we are proud to be able to sup­port the great work of lo­cal food banks across our trad­ing area dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son and through­out the year.

“We all want to say a big ‘thank you’ to every­one who do­nated, not just to the Christ­mas Food Bank Ap­peal but our year round food bank col­lec­tions.

“The gen­eros­ity and sup­port on show through­out 2018 has helped make a ma­jor dif­fer­ence to peo­ple from all walks of life.”

The parcels in­cluded items such as tea, su­gar and ce­re­als and other es­sen­tials such as toi­letries and hy­giene prod­ucts to en­sure peo­ple can main­tain their dig­nity dur­ing times of cri­sis. They also fea­tured fes­tive treats rang­ing from choco­late to Turk­ish de­light fol­low­ing a plea by food bank part­ners for peo­ple to spread a lit­tle ‘fes­tive cheer’ with their do­na­tions.

Glen­nis Wil­cox, from Shep­shed Food­bank, said: “We have been amazed by the re­sponse this year, do­na­tions have far ex­ceeded any pre­vi­ous years. Peo­ple have do­nated lots of Christ­mas good­ies but also lots of ba­sics.

“On be­half of Shep­shed Food Bank I would like to say a heart­felt thanks to all Cen­tral Eng­land Co-op cus­tomers.”

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