Foodbank thanks residents in Hailsham

More than 1,400 meals have been donated to help people in need in Hailsham over the Christmas and winter period.

Residents have even donated a Christmas tree with full decorations to Hailsham Foodbank to help bring cheer to its users this festive season.

Generous Tesco customers in Hailsham donated the food for people in need this winter.

The collection was held to make sure that the charities have enough food to help people during the winter, which the foodbank said is the hardest time of year for people in poverty.

It said this Christmas is looking especially tough for people on low incomes with many already really struggling to make ends meet.

It said as the winter bites many parents are forced to choose between eating and heating.

Julie Coates, foodbank manager, said: “I am amazed at the generosity of the local community.

“People were very supportive of the work we do and gave an amazing selection of Christmas treats ready for us to give out as extras during December.

“We were even donated a Christmas tree, complete with decorations along with a trolley load of food and toiletries.

“Those who use the foodbank are often overwhelmed by the fact that local people have donated all the food that they are receiving.”

The collection at Tesco was for the Neighbourhood Food Collection which is in aid of Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare, which took place in every Tesco store across the UK at the end of November.

The fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection was held from November 24 to 29, in partnership with Tesco, foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust, and food redistribution charity, FareShare.

This year, Hailsham Foodbank has given three days’ food to more than 600 people in just six months.

Recent research by Tesco showed that 1 in 3 people in the UK donate to food charities.

The research also showed 90 per cent of food given out at Trussell Trust foodbanks is donated by the public, so the generosity of local communities is vital to make sure that the foodbank can be there for people who hit crisis.

During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items, particularlyChristmas treats.

Twenty one volunteers from the Trussell Trust Hailsham Foodbank joined Tesco staff in store to collect donations from kind-hearted customers.

Tesco then topped up all donations by 30 per cent.

Hailsham Foodbank has been opened for two years. 
In 2013/14 it fed 1096 people.

Staff and volunteers at the foodbank are currently giving out extra Christmas hampers to foodbank users.

For more information about Hailsham Foodbank visit is website.

You can visit the website at: http://hailsham.foodbank.org.uk/