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Rochford Housing offers a generous helping for foodbank

10 August 2016
Southend Foodbank’s Maria Hayton and Steve Dalley with the donations

Staff from Rochford Housing have been helping out those in need by making generous donations to a vital local service.

Employees from the housing provider have been collecting hundreds of essential items of food – including biscuits, teabags and tinned goods – for Southend Foodbank, managed by the Trussell Trust.

The staff have been collecting donations for the scheme over the course of several months, gathering a total of 71.3kg of food, equivalent to 170 meals, or enough to supply 56 people with three days’ worth of emergency food.

Southend Foodbank offers support to local people in crisis by providing three days of emergency food in exchange for vouchers. The vouchers are available from key frontline staff, such as police officers, social workers and doctors, who identify people in need.

Rochford Housing is a voucher holder under the scheme and distributes vouchers to its more vulnerable tenants in the district for use at the foodbank.

The service relies on donations of non-perishable food items in order to continue providing support to local people in emergency situations. Foodbank volunteers also signpost service users to agencies who can offer additional help.

Emma Keegan, managing director for Rochford Housing, said: “Staff have been incredibly generous, gathering together a range of vital food items for an invaluable local service.

“I’m sure the food will be of use to the Southend Foodbank’s clients.”

Voucher co-ordinator Maria Hayton said: “We at Southend Foodbank would like to thank the staff at Rochford Housing for their generosity and commitment in raising such a large donation of food items.

“Southend Foodbank would simply not exist without the donations given to us by such folk as the staff at Rochford Housing and for this we are very grateful.”

To find out more, visit the Southend Foodbank website, or email info@southend.foodbank.org.uk