Staff and residents from a leading housing association are helping Rochford families living on the breadline by donating supplies to a local foodbank.
Hundreds of essential items from cans of soup to pasta and rice were brought in for the collection at Sanctuary Housing in Rochford in the lead up to Christmas.
These will now be handed over to Southend Foodbank, which serves families in Rochford, Hawkwell and Great Wakering, to put much-needed food on the table.
The Foodbank, which is part of The Trussell Trust, offers support to local people in crisis by providing three days of emergency food in exchange for vouchers. The vouchers are given out to vulnerable residents by frontline services including police officers, social workers and Sanctuary Housing teams.
Volunteers gave out 2,972 three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis last year.
Emma Keegan, managing director for Sanctuary Housing in Rochford, said: “We wanted to do something that would support and bring some joy to families across the Rochford district at Christmas-time and their generosity will go a long way in allowing the Food Bank to give extra help to those most in need.”
The Foodbank, which opened in 2013, relies on donations of non-perishable food items in order to continue supporting locals in emergency situations. Its volunteers also signpost service users to agencies who can offer additional help.
The Trussell Trust estimates that one in every five people in the UK are living below the poverty line and in need of support.
Donations are being handed over to Southend Foodbank on 16 December to coincide with Local Charities Day.