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Co-op comes to the rescue of food banks

Got a story? Call the newsdesk on 01529 415981 or e-mail andy.hubbert@sleafordstandard.co.uk

Got a story? Call the newsdesk on 01529 415981 or e-mail andy.hubbert@sleafordstandard.co.uk

The Sleaford New Life Community Larder is just one of the food banks dotted around the county benefitting in the run up to Christmas from a donation of more than 7,000 items.

In total, £4,500 worth of food is being donated in £250 packages to 18 food banks, with Sleaford’s arriving last Monday.

Each pack will feature 418 products including 24 tins of peas, 12 jars of pasta sauce, 12 bags of porridge oats and 24 litres of UHT milk.

The donation comes as the Trussell Trust (a Christian organisation that works with food banks to combat poverty and exclusion) reports a 170 per cent rise in people turning to food banks in the last 12 months.

Food banks help people in short term crisis. Care agencies give a client a voucher which is handed over at a food bank in return for three days’ worth of food.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Supply Chain Manager Nicola Berry said: “We know that our donation will help the food banks to provide for many people in need over the festive period.”

Members of Lincolnshire Co-op can do their bit by selecting their local food bank as their chosen Community Champion at www.lincolnshire.coop. Every time you shop and use your dividend card a donation will go to the chosen food bank all year round.

 

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