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Basildon Foodbank calls for donations to help local people facing hunger this Christmas

17th November 2016

blog-post-tesco-collection-winter2016Basildon Foodbank is asking the people of Basildon to help local families facing hunger this Christmas by donating at the UK’s biggest food drive, Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection which runs from Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd December.

December is the busiest month of the year for Basildon Foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust network. The Neighbourhood Food Collection, which is run every December by Tesco in partnership with foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare, is a well-timed opportunity for the foodbank to stock up in preparation for Christmas. Since the first collection in 2012, over 38 million meals have been collected across the UK to help feed people in need.

Basildon Foodbank Manager, Pastor Victor Oladele, says:

“It’s easy to make a difference. We will do all we can to provide emergency support so local families hit by something unavoidable, like illness, redundancy or a boiler breaking, don’t go hungry this Christmas. However, to make sure we’re fully stocked ahead of our busiest month of the year, we need support from the community!

“The more people donate at the Neighbourhood Food Collection, the more food we can collect and the better prepared we will be to provide support to local people who would otherwise face hunger this Christmas. In previous collections we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community in helping us to help residents – we’d love to have as much support again this December.”

People interested in donating or volunteering should contact info@basildon.foodbank.org.uk

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