Last week the Peterborough Telegraph launched its Christmas Appeal to support Peterborough Foodbank, and the city’s generosity is already being felt with tonnes of food now in place to stop people going hungry during the festive period.
A big thank you has gone out to the public after the delivery of Christmas treats and over a tonne-and-a-half of food during a three-day collection at Tesco stores in Hampton and Werrington.
Juliet Welch, foodbank manager in Peterborough, said: “The collections went well. We got about 820kg from each store.
“On the whole it was really good. People donated a lot of food and were really supportive.
“We’ve been getting good support of all the food types that we need such as Christmas goodies.
“We’ve had people from Thomas Cook this year volunteering for the first time with us and it was nice to have them on board.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated. Without people going shopping and donating we would not have any food.
“And a big shout out to the volunteers handing out shopping lists. Because of that there will not be people going hungry this Christmas.”
The last date to donate to Peterborough Foodbank before the new year is Tuesday, December 22.
Simon Bysshe, chair of the project board for Peterborough Foodbank, which is run by the Trussell Trust, pointed out: “Last week’s feature provided a range of information about the way that foodbanks operate across the region, including the work of Gatehouse, a charity which co-operates with other foodbank providers in Suffolk, but which does not operate in Peterborough.”
But Simon added: “We are delighted that the Peterborough Telegraph has launched its Christmas appeal to encourage local people to help foodbanks provide emergency food support, and other help, to families and individuals in crisis.
“Foodbanks could not operate without the generous support of local people and organisations and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who have helped in any way so far.
“To help us maintain and develop our services, as well as food, it is possible to contribute financially by becoming a ‘Friend of Foodbank’.”
For further details visit http://peterborough.foodbank.org.uk/.
2015 figures for Peterborough Foodbank
Volunteer hours - over 13,600
Food donated - 36.9 tonnes
Food donated during the Harvest Festival - 9.6 tonnes
Food parcels given out - 1,688
People fed - 3,220 (adults 2,228 and children 992)
Food donated from the Tesco national collection - Tesco Hampton – 819.3kg and Tesco Werrington – 821.6kg