Staff turn their Christmas gifts into food and drink for Peterborough Soup Kitchen

Peterborough Soup Kitchen staff collect some of the food donated by employees at Safapac.

Peterborough Soup Kitchen staff collect some of the food donated by employees at Safapac.

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A charity in Peterborough has been given a much needed Christmas gift thanks to the generosity of staff at city-based companies.

Peterborough Soup Kitchen has taken delivery of a mountain of cans, boxes and packets of food plus, potentially, gallons of tea and coffee by kind-hearted employees at Safapac and Masteroast.

Some of the huge amount of food given to Peterborough Soup Kitchen.

Some of the huge amount of food given to Peterborough Soup Kitchen.

Staff at chemical manufacturing and packaging firm Safapac, in Orton Southgate, chose to forego a turkey or Christmas bottle from their employer with the money spent on a more deserving cause.

Bosses also ditched the usual investment in Christmas boxes for customers and pooled the money into the charity pot. The cash was turned into a giant food delivery for the soup kitchen.

Caroline Rees, HR manager, said: “We rang the soup kitchen team and asked what they needed, they gave us a shopping list and we did a massive online shop.

“Soup kitchen drivers collected more than 390 cans of sandwich fillings, 30 boxes of sugar cubes, 145 packets of biscuits, 90 boxes of mince pies and apple pies and 144 bags of fresh fruit.

The soup kitchen said it will last for a couple of weeks, which we hope will be a real help over Christmas.

Caroline Rees, HR manager

“The soup kitchen team said it will last for a couple of weeks, which we hope will be a real help over Christmas.”

Safapac got in touch with its contacts at coffee roaster Masteroast, of Newark Road, which is to donate tea and coffee for the Christmas period.

Managing director Andy Fawkes said: “The soup kitchen and all the volunteers do an amazing job for such an important service in the city.

“We have now agreed to provide them with tea and coffee for the forseeable future.”

Vegetables from Produce World being loaded for delivery to homeless charity Crisis.

Vegetables from Produce World being loaded for delivery to homeless charity Crisis.

A leading supplier of vegetables based in Peterborough is also doing its bit to feed the homeless at Christmas.

Among the Produce World Group’s important deliveries over the festive period are more than four tonnes of potatoes, over a tonne each of carrots and onions, as well as parsnips, turnips and garlic.

Theye are all bound for the charity Crisis, which provides help homeless people.

The group will also be donating parsnips, carrots and onions to Norfolk-based homeless charity BEFA.

A spokesman for the firm, which has its head office at Lynch Wood, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of the year for the Produce World Group with our sites and growers working long hours to ensure that everybody has all the veg they want for the festive season.

“We work closely with a number of charities throughout the year including FareShare and Feedback, but we think it’s particularly important at this time of the year to remember those who are less fortunate.

“That’s why we are pleased to support the work of Crisis and BEFA with the homeless at Christmas.”