Suzy Stride PPC has leant her support to Harlow Foodbank’s Christmas appeal, joining members of the Foodbank to help launch the appeal this week.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for Harlow Foodbank, with increasing numbers of people having to rely on Foodbanks, but stocks can run low at a time of increased need. So Harlow residents are being asked to help out by donating in date food, helping out at collection points or giving financially.
Use of Harlow Foodbank has increased 60% since 2010, with many users currently in employment but not earning enough to be able to get basic essentials. At the current rate, almost 100 children will be fed by Harlow Foodbank this Christmas.
Suzy, a regular Foodbank volunteer joined Foodbank founder Gary Knot to launch the appeal which asks Harlow residents to send food and to volunteer at collection points across the town in order to encourage shoppers to give.
Harlow Foodbank works with local churches, schools supermarkets and businesses to provide individuals and families in crisis with free emergency food until the appropriate agencies are in a position to assist. Services like these have become ever more important during the financial crisis.
Residents are encouraged to give donate non-perishable, in-date food to Harlow foodbank, or to look our for one of the Supermarket collections taking place across the town over the next few weeks. ‘These are events held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis. Residents can also donate financially at the online donations page; www.justgiving.com/michaelrobertsct/
Suzy Stride said:
"Harlow Foodbank do amazing work all year round and I am in awe of the constant generosity of local people. But it’s especially important that we support the Foodbank this Christmas, with the financial pressures and stresses that the festive season brings, some families will fall into crisis. I encourage everyone to give what they can whether it is a tin of food, a hamper or half an hour of your time collecting, each makes a difference to a local person’s Christmas”