81 meals provided from Winter Foodbank collection

81 meals provided from Winter Foodbank collection
11th February 2019 Amanda Bhavnani
Staff and volunteers at foodbank

Greenfields’ staff and visitors have donated 90kgs of food, household essentials and thermal clothing to help local people in crisis.

This could equate to around nine people in crisis being helped with food over three days, providing approximately 81 meals in total.  It’s the second time Greenfields Community Housing has been a donation point for Braintree Area Foodbank, collecting a similar amount of goods last summer.

In addition to store cupboard items, this special month-long Winter Appeal focussed on keeping people warm as well as fed. Donations were requested for thermal clothing and blankets for those struggling to pay heating bills or without a home. Other essential items, such as pet food and toiletries, were also gratefully received.

Emma Faulkner, Greenfields’ Financial Inclusion Co-ordinator, said: “The foodbank is a lifeline, and the generous donations to our collection are much appreciated. We know that our residents with low incomes can have difficulties paying their bills and feeding their families. Myself and my team work with local partners to offer a range of support services, and make referrals to the foodbank, where needed. The foodbank volunteers do a fantastic job and we’re proud to support them.”

Maggie, Administrator, Co-ordinator for the foodbank, said: “This donation will make a difference to many people in food crisis as they will receive items from this collection within their food parcels. From collecting food to volunteers at our supermarket collections, we are very grateful for the help and support that Greenfields provides.”

In 2017, Greenfields’ joint fund with Braintree District Council provided £30,000 over three years to help the Foodbank continue its invaluable work for people living in our district.

Click on this link to visit the foodbank website: https://braintreearea.foodbank.org.uk/