Redcar Area Foodbank thanks generous public for helping local children in crisis to have a happier Easter
Kind local people have donated Easter eggs to Redcar Area Foodbank, helping to bring hope and a treat to families with children (and adults) who were referred to the foodbank over the Easter period.
The foodbank is very grateful for the generous donations of Easter eggs from local people and businesses.
Redcar Area Foodbank is a member of The Trussell Trust network, alongside over 420 other foodbanks across the county. Recent research about families at foodbanks published by The Trussell Trust highlights that families with children make up over half of people at foodbanks, and over 80% of families at foodbanks were classed as severely food insecure (meaning they had slipped meals and gone without eating, sometimes for days at a time), so the community’s support for the foodbank this Easter will have made a real difference to local families.
Helen Hedges, Redcar Area Foodbank Manager, said,
“Thank you so much to everyone who donated Easter eggs to the foodbank – your generous donations mean that we were able to give an Easter egg to children who needed our help in the run up to Easter this year, and to some of their parents too.
“Easter is a time of hope. People tell us that the foodbank gave them hope: hope that there are people that care, hope that things will soon start to look up. Week in, week out at the foodbank we are seeing families from across Redcar and Cleveland who have hit crisis – we are here not only to give emergency food, but also to sit and chat over a cup of tea, bringing some light when people hit rock bottom.
“The community is fantastic in supporting our work to help local people facing hunger. We know that without your help this Easter, there would have been families who would have struggled to put food on the table on Easter day, and children across Redcar and Cleveland who would not have received an Easter egg, because money is just too tight for their family. Thank you so much for your donations.”
Thank you so much to all who have given this Easter – we have seen some happy, smiling children this week and very grateful parents thanks to your kindness.”
Redcar Area Foodbank’s manager Helen Hedges can be reached on 07927 365559/01642 484842
About Redcar Area Foodbank
• Redcar Area Foodbank Foodbank has been providing three days emergency food and support to local people since 2013
• In 2016-17, 5741 three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in Redcar and Cleveland by the foodbank. Of this number, 1964 went to children
• Redcar Area Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust network
About The Trussell Trust
• The Trussell Trust is a charity motivated by Christian principles that runs a network of 425 foodbanks in the UK. The Trussell Trust works in partnership with local churches and communities to provide three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
• Volunteers at the foodbank offer people a cup of tea and a listening ear, and are able to signpost people to agencies able to help people to resolve the underlying cause of crisis. Many foodbanks also host additional services like financial advice, holiday lunch and breakfast clubs.
• For more, visit www.trusselltrust.org