Morrisons to donate £1000 of food per week to NA Foodbank
Posted on 7 Apr 2020
The local Stevenston supermarket has announced it will donate £1000 worth of food per week to help local people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Collected by Council staff, the food supplies will be distributed to North Ayrshire Foodbank’s Ardrossan hub to help support their emergency food provision.
Morrisons is already part of the Foodbank’s network of supermarkets which have a direct donation point for customers in store, however due to the pressures of the coronavirus lockdown, food donations have been in short supply.
Helping to arrange the generous donation was Mitchell Shields, Store Manager. He said: “We truly appreciate the opportunity to be able to support such a worthwhile cause within the North Ayrshire community.
“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, there has been a 40% reduction in donations to community food banks and our store colleagues are working hard to help increase the amount of food that is sent by increasing customer awareness of our in store Foodbank donation point.
“We will continue to do our part to feed the nation during this difficult time.”
The welcome donation is great news for the Foodbank who are working with the Council and local volunteers to continue to replenish and distribute food packages to people most in need.
Craig Crosthwaite, NA Foodbank Coordinator said: “I would like to thank Morrisons for their kind donation. The weekly donation will help to top up our food supply us as we continue to provide a lifeline service to people who need it most during these challenging times.
“The items from Morrisons are mainly non-perishable foods such as cereals, pasta, sauces and dried vegetables of which we have been so very much in need of.”
With a team of in-house chefs, the Foodbank have also been cooking meals alongside distributing donations, with an aim to prepare 590 meals a day which will be delivered straight to doorstep.
Ingredients are being paid for in part with existing grants and financial support from over 100 community partner donors, including North Ayrshire Council, Community Windpower Ltd and direct donations via their online Covid-19 appeal to raise emergency funds during the crisis – more info here: https://tinyurl.com/uv842xj
Council staff are already working in partnership with the Foodbank to provide food provision to families and vulnerable residents during the pandemic and have set up a series of community support hubs in each locality where people can get in contact if they need support.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, has been helping the community hubs in their efforts, she said: “I am overwhelmed by the response of local people working in partnership with the Foodbank to do everything they possibly can to safely help the most vulnerable residents in our communities.
“One of the jobs of the community hubs is to provide support to local people who are currently self-isolating and are unable to get the essential items they need. With not everyone being eligible for free food packages, the locality hubs are bridging the gap to assist people to get the essential groceries they need where no other help is available.
“We would urge anyone who is struggling to get in touch with your local hub to see what we can do to help.”
Since launching last week, the community hubs have received over 1,300 calls from people in need, 576 of these were related to food requests.
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Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Morrisons for their generosity during these unprecedented times.
“I have seen first-hand the work carried out by the Foodbank and their volunteers over the last few weeks who are doing such a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances and I can’t praise them highly enough.
“In every locality, arrangements are in place to ensure emergency community food provision is available – free of charge – for those who need it and we simply could not have hit the ground running without the vital support of the Foodbank and our extended community partners.”
The Council is providing food supplies to families who are entitled to free school meals or in receipt of a clothing grant, and a centralised distribution hub is also operating to support the wider community where the household does not qualify.
2,200 food packages will be distributed this week for those entitled to free school meals/clothing grants and an additional 1,520 packs via the community hub network to people requiring additional support.
Jim added: “As emergency food demand increases, we are working tirelessly to maintain a food supply chain with local suppliers to help the Foodbank to continue to keep their stocks topped up for the months ahead.
“While no-one wants to rely on a Foodbank to get by, it is heartening to see the kindness and generosity demonstrated by so many at this time, thank you to each and every person who has donated.”
If you would like to help to support the Foodbank via volunteering or donations visit the website northayrshire.foodbank.org.uk. To talk to us about receiving a food package contact your nearest locality support hub below:
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