16th October 2018
Here at Healthcare at Home, we’ve been exploring new ways of helping our local community. On this World Food Day, we’re proud to be launching foodbanks across our offices!
We’ll be working with homeless charities local to our main offices to support the fantastic service they provide. We have already built fantastic relationships with Burton YMCA and Pontefract Foodbank and have enjoyed learning what a difference our donations could make to the everyday running of these organisations, who rely solely on kind donations.
Paula Senior, Fundraising Officer at Burton YMCA tells us how ‘Our Food bank has been running for more than 10 years and is a lifeline for many. It is volunteer led and is available for anyone to access. During 2017 we issued 1500 food parcels, supporting 1980 local people and children.’
The items donated by our colleagues will provide emergency care packages for those in crisis, to last each individual/family three days. These packages can include food, toiletries, and essentials that others may take for granted such as basic sanitary products and toilet rolls.
We learned from Pontefract Foodbank how ‘1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line’, a shocking statistic. It is for this reason, we are offering a helping hand and encouraging our colleagues to do something good for their local community.
The foodbanks will remain at our offices all year round, meaning we are able to offer continuous support to these organisations. Our colleagues are looking forward to getting involved and are excited to see what volunteering opportunities these relationships may bring.