4th January 2021
Nuneaton Foodbank Update and thanks
Dear Foodbank Supporters, Donors and Volunteers,
With your generous ongoing help and support, since our last update on 16th November, we have distributed food to 1131 people, (which has included 560 children).
A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED FOOD OR WHO HAS MADE FINANCIAL DONATIONS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE.
Your support has been quite tremendous, and is so greatly appreciated. We could not have done all that has been done over the past weeks without your help, and we are really grateful to you all.
Thank you to all our volunteers, both those running the two sessions each week at each of our four centres, and to those working at the warehouse.
LATEST DATA available as at 31st December 2020
|Number of people fed since last update on 16/11/20||Total Numbers fed from 1st April 2020||Numbers fed since ‘lockdown’ on 23rd March||Total Numbers fed since launch in 2013||Food donated since last update||Food distributed since last update||
Difference in amount collected
4.14 tons more donated than distributed
CAN YOU HELP?
Up till now we have managed deliveries of large numbers of crates of food to our four centres with the very generous help and support of volunteers, who have kindly used their large cars or SUV’s, and more recently smaller cars. We really need to have a small van, as we are finding it increasingly difficult to fit crates into smaller cars, and volunteers are having to make multiple journeys, to safely transport food. The cost of hiring a van is prohibitive.
Do you have contacts or connections with a company, or a garage, that might consider sponsoring a small van for Nuneaton Foodbank?
If you are able to help us with this, please could you email us on [email protected]
Due to the current restrictions, many of our regular donation points in churches, chapels and organisations are no longer able to operate, and we are dependent on donations at supermarkets such as ASDA, Sainsburys, and The Coop. The supermarkets have gently requested that only food purchased at their stores is donated in their collection points. There is a collection point at Yorkshire Bank, and also at Dunelm Mill in Regent Street, but during this second period of lockdown, some of the other collection points unfortunately are unavailable.
We are very grateful to individual donors who are bringing donations to the Foodbank warehouse, where they can leave the donations outside the warehouse, and alert the warehouse team by knocking on the door, and then moving back two metres, so that safe distancing is ensured.
THANK YOU – food donations
We would like to thank the Heart Of England Coop for their very generous donations, which not only supported our Christmas Toys and Food project with The Salvation Army, but helped us with our other Christmas food parcels.
Again we would like to thank members of the public who have held local food collections:-Sarah and Roger Shipp and residents in Charnwood Drive and Trentham Road; Sue Stebleton and residents in Lionel Close; Jim Shepherd and residents in St Nicolas Park and Aimee Oakley and the Weddington Community.
THANK YOU – financial donations
We would like to say thank you to a number of organisations for their recent financial donations, for which we are really very grateful. A very big ‘Thank You’ to:- Nuneaton Rotary; Piero Lounge; Queen’s C of E Academy; Pears Family Trust; UK Flooring; Redrow Housing; Parkers MOT; Independent Freight Solutions; City & County Healthcare Group; Arbury Rotary; Keysecure;Unite in the Community; Michael Kiernan Cars; Hilltop and Caldwell Big Local; Holywell House Orthodontics; Christmas Lights – Jim Shepherd; Horiba-Mira Sports and Social Club.
We have also had a large number of personal donations for which we are extremely grateful.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATES
We would like to thank everyone who donates to the foodbank in whatever way – your help and your support are greatly appreciated
Because of the tremendous response over the period leading up to Christmas, where 12.99 tons of food have been donated, our warehouse team are working as quickly as they through these donations. We have put on the ‘Shopping list’ a limited number of items which we know we generally run short of. In the next week or two we will have a much better and clearer idea of the shortages, once all the Christmas period donations have been sorted.
HOW CAN YOU CONTINUE TO HELP?
Many people continue to contact us to ask if they can make financial donations, as they are unable to get out to shop.
We are pleased to let you know that we are able to receive donations through the ‘Donate’ button on our website.
On our website www.nuneaton.foodbank.org.uk we have on the GIVE HELP section, under the DONATE MONEY section – ONE OFF GIFTS – a ‘button’ which allows you to donate directly to Nuneaton Foodbank.
We are tremendously grateful for the very encouraging response from many members of the local community and
organisations via this link on our Nuneaton Foodbank website.
GIFT AID REALLY HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE
We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the growing number of people who are donating financially to the Foodbank on a regular basis. Many donors are using the HMRC scheme called ‘Gift Aid’ to increase their donations by 25p for every £1 they donate.
Copies of the Gift Aid form can be found on the Nuneaton Foodbank website.
If you are aware of friends or relatives that might wish to support the work of the foodbank in helping families in need in the local Nuneaton community, and who want to know where they can make food donations, the following places kindly have collection points:-
ASDA; SAINSBURYS; ATTLEBOROUGH CO-OP; BULKINGTON CO-OP; GALLEY COMMON CO-OP;
(Please only donate items purchased from the stores)
YORKSHIRE BANK; DUNELM MILL.
Again, many thanks to you all for your ongoing generous support.