Hucknall Co-op customers can support hungry children
Shoppers at Co-op stores in Hucknall are being encouraged to help tackle food poverty as figures reveal more than 78,000 children are at risk of going hungry across Nottinghamshire.
Any purchase made from the Irresistible range at the Co-op will see five per cent donated to FareShare Midlands to help families struggling in these uncertain times.
Customers can also donate to the Spring Food Bank Appeal by visiting any of the three Co-op stores in Hucknall and donating an item or two into special collection points.
Donations will be collected up from Central England Co-op stores and used to create food parcels by local food banks, which contain around 11 items and will provide at least three days’ worth of meals for those in need.
Figures from End Child Poverty prior to the Covid-19 pandemic show the scale of the issue of food poverty in the UK with more than one million children deemed to be in poverty across the 16 counties Central England Co-op trades and 78,546 in Nottinghamshire alone.
It is feared this will only have worsened during the last 12 months.
Hannah Gallimore, Central England Co-op corporate responsibility manager, said: “Our long-standing relationship with FareShare has had a life-changing impact for people in our communities in the years we have been working together and as the demand for support continues to grow during these uncertain times, we are proud to stand with them to help those in need as we strive to create a sustainable society for all.
“Having access to food should be a simple thing but, as these figures reveal, it is becoming increasingly difficult for so many in our communities, particularly as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit home.
“We know our kind-hearted customers will be more than willing to support by picking up products from our fantastic Irresistible range in their local shop, and by doing so giving the charity a boost and helping those families in need this spring.”