Sanctuary Housing staff and residents in the Rochford district have been helping those in need by generously donating consumables to the Southend Foodbank.
The recent collection, comprising non-perishable food, drinks and toiletries, weighed in at a substantial 68.1kg, doubling the weight of the group’s previous donation. In total, the group has now donated almost 100kg of items in the last year.
The foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust network, said that the contribution was an equivalent of 236 meals for those experiencing food poverty in the Southend borough and the Rochford district.
The vital service helps local people in crisis by giving them a food parcel, equivalent to three days’ worth of food, when they are no longer able to buy the food they need for themselves and their families.
Cheryl Reed, from Southend Foodbank, said: “Food poverty can happen because of low income, illness, benefit delays, redundancy or a large unexpected bill.
“Southend Foodbank would simply not exist without the food donations, financial support and volunteer hours that are given to us by individuals and organisations such as Sanctuary Housing."
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Thanks to the generosity of our staff and residents we have been able to support those in our community who need access to fundamental supplies.”