Spencer Clarke Group Pledge Monthly Time and Donations to Local Foodbank24 Jan, 20241 - 2 minutes
As we settle into another calendar year, we’re thrilled to pledge an annual commitment to our local food bank, Fylde Foodbank to volunteer time and donate food monthly.
Fylde Foodbank, supported by the Trussell Trust, a non-profit organisation and run by volunteers, has been working tirelessly to alleviate food poverty in the Fylde area for several years. Their mission is to provide emergency food parcels to individuals and families facing crisis situations, ensuring that no-one in their community goes hungry.
Throughout 2023, we donated 52kg of food each month which roughly equates to 140 meals. The donations consist of non-perishable items such as tinned food, rice, pasta, biscuits, crisps, cereal and tea & coffee. On request, we have also taken along gluten free products, dog & cat food, cleaning products and toiletries. For our November donation, we contributed to their Christmas appeal, taking along selection boxes, Christmas chocolates & biscuits, mince pies and childrens toys and books.
Our partnership with Fylde Foodbank began in December 2022 when we reached out to inquire about ways we could support them. In addition to monthly food parcels, we made arrangements for different members of the Spencer Clarke Group team to volunteer their time each month throughout 2023. The time was spent dating, sorting and packing food parcels, and assisting with the day-to-day operations.
For many years, families facing financial hardship have found a lifeline in the form of food parcels provided by food banks up and down the country, particularly over the winter period and through the cost of living crisis.
Between April and September 2023, 172,830 food parcels were handed out in the North West, the largest number of any region within the UK outside of London.
Fylde Foodbank said “We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.”
As we reflect on the past 12 months, we’re extremely proud of the work we have achieved. Marketing Manager, Debbie Holden, said “Corporate social responsibility is not just a buzzword or a box ticking exercise, it’s a tangible way to create positive change in the world - and where better to start than in your local community.”
Holden continued, “Volunteering has been a real eye-opener. People from all walks of life come through the door and the volunteers who run the food bank treat everyone with such compassion and empathy. It’s amazing to be a part of it.”