Central England Co-op launches urgent summer appeal to support food banks in Derbyshire during school holidays
Posted by james brindle | Published: 26/07/2022
Central England Co-op is launching an urgent summer appeal to help boost the stocks of food banks in Derbyshire and tackle the issue of holiday hunger during the school break.
The retailer has special collection points in over 200 of its stores where its customers and members can donate all year round, however it hopes to boost food bank supplies as they face soaring demand during the summer holiday period and due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
Most requested items currently include UHT Milk, long-life juice, pasta sauce, sponge puddings, tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and fish, rice pudding, washing up liquid and many food banks are also keen to receive toiletries such as deodorant and toothpaste.
The items donated are collected up, turned into parcels with enough food to create meals for three days and distributed to help people in need across Central England Co-op’s trading area.
Store Manager Nathan Burrows said: “We’ve had an amazing response to previous appeals to support our food bank partners at crucial times of the year and we know from speaking to them that sadly the demand is only growing for their services.
“The summer holidays is always a particularly busy time anyway with children off school and not able to receive free school meals if they’re eligible.
“This is why everyone involved at Central England Co-op is asking members and customers, if they can, to dig deep and help support some great and vital local good causes who are providing a lifeline to people in need in your community.”
Central England Co-op’s food bank partners across the country have reported that they are clearly seeing the impact of the rising cost-of-living and also that although demand for their services is rising, supplies are diminishing, and they are in urgent need of support.
Paul Bohan from High Peak Foodbank in Buxton said it is running a session for vulnerable families over the summer with activities followed by a home cooked two course meal so they can get out of the house together as a family if they can't manage to take a holiday.
He said: "High Peak Foodbank at Zink have seen an increase in foodbank use as the cost-of-living crisis affects the most vulnerable families. We are providing meals in out eco-cafe for free for families who use the foodbank. The cafe is actually open to anyone and by eating there, customers help to support vulnerable families."
Ruth Longfellow from Jigsaw Foodbank in Matlock said: “During the summer holidays we will again be receiving numerous referrals from local schools for families who for a variety of reasons will find themselves in the position of struggling to feed their children.
“The increase in the cost of food and energy prices has impacted everyone but without a safety net many families will find themselves struggling beyond their means.
“Our aim is to respond to every request for help via the schools and without increased support from the local community in the form of donations of ambient foods and money that may be difficult for us to do.”
Central England Co-op’s Summer Food Bank Appeal will run right across the summer holiday period and people can find their nearest Central England Co-op store at https://stores.centralengland.coop
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About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.
Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.
It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.
The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.
It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.
Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.
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