Plea for festive treats as well as essentials from in demand food banks in the West Midlands as retailer’s Christmas appeal continues

Food banks have made a special request to help them spread Christmas cheer alongside vital donations of essentials as they continue to see spikes in demand due to the impact of the Coronavirus in the West Midlands.

Food banks across the country have urged kind-hearted people looking to donate to Central England Co-op’s Christmas Food Bank Appeal in the run up to Christmas to donate a festive treat alongside some of the vital items they currently need to support people in their communities.

The appeal runs right up until December 31 and some of the retailer’s food bank partners have outlined what items they are most in need of right now and what spoken of the rise in demand they have faced, as the impact of the pandemic continues to hit communities hard.

Kevin Warrington, from Bethany Food Bank in Birmingham, said: “We are in need of tinned pies, tuna or any tinned meat. I would like to thank Central England Co-op for all the help that they have given us.

“The support has been very important to us as we are feeding nearly 1,000 people per month. Helping homeless centres, local schools and others that use our food bank.”

Emma Coates, Project Manager at Tamworth Food Bank, said they are fortunate to be well-stocked currently thanks to the generosity of locals during the lockdown period in helping their community.

She said: “Our warehouse is currently full of items such as rice, pasta, dry spaghetti and UHT milk. The items we use most are tinned fruit, veg, meat and fish, rice pudding, custard, squash, biscuits, cereals, shampoo, conditioner, jam, toilet roll and sugar.”

The Central England Co-op Christmas Food Bank Appeal runs until December 31. The items are collected and made into food parcels containing around 11 items and will provide at least three days’ worth of meals for those in need.

As well as festive treats, items that can be donated include shopping basket staples from tea, sugar and cereals to other essentials such as toiletries and hygiene products to ensure people can maintain their dignity during times of crisis.

The Society works with over 65 different food banks to provide emergency food and support to individuals and families in crisis throughout the year.

Find out more about how Central England Co-op is supporting its communities this Christmas at www.centralengland.coop/food/christmas     

 

Notes to editors

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.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.  

Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.4 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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