Co-op customers and members donate enough food in Norfolk and Suffolk for over 30,000 meals
Central England Co-operative, which has stores in Dersingham and Terrington St Clement, has thanked its customers and members for their 'fantastic' response to its food bank appeal.
In Norfolk and Suffolk more than 75,000 items were donated in support of the Christmas appeal – helping to create over 30,000 meals for people in need.
The appeal ran over five weeks collecting items for emergency food and support to individuals and families in crisis.
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.
“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 appeal but our year round food bank collections.
“The generosity and support throughout 2018 has helped make a major difference to people from all walks of life.
“We now want to ask people to continue to support our food banks during 2019 so we can keep providing vital donations to good causes that can really make a positive impact on those in need.”
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.