Benenden Healthcare staff donate to York Foodbank
28th November 2012
Generous staff at the York-based health & wellbeing mutual, Benenden Healthcare Society, have been collecting food items to donate to the local Foodbank.
The Foodbank, which was recently launched at the Gateway Centre in Acomb, aims to provide emergency food supplies to people in desperate need of the basic essentials.
As part of a business-wide volunteering and fundraising campaign focusing on ‘Giving the Gift’ in the run-up to Christmas, staff at the Society have been encouraged to buy one extra item in their weekly supermarket shop and bring in to contribute to the scheme.
Nicola Taylor, Communications Co-ordinator at Benenden Healthcare said: ‘this initiative was a first for Benenden Healthcare, but we were really moved by recent stories in the media about the increase in demand for foodbanks.
‘Our staff were keen to help out with this fantastic project and the donations have been filling up our boxes across the business. The Foodbank which has recently been launched in York is a hugely worthwhile cause and we are delighted to be able to support in this way.’
‘We’ll be undertaking more ‘giving the gift’ activities in the run-up to Christmas, including volunteering with the elderly and contributing to local gift appeals – so watch this space!’
Caleb Ellwood, manager of York Foodbank said: ‘the staff and volunteers would like to thank all the staff at Benenden Healthcare for their generous donations of food to the Foodbank. They collectively gave just over 42kg of food, which will feed more than 4 people who find themselves in crisis situations. At York Foodbank we rely entirely on such generosity which enables us to come to the help of many needy people. Thank you to Benenden Healthcare!’
York’s Foodbank is the latest to be launched by The Trussell Trust, which now runs 270 nationwide. The trust expects to feed 200,000 people through its centres in 2012/13.