Ocean Housing took part in its first public event with new corporate partner, St Austell Foodbank, at the Tesco Holmbush store last weekend.
By kind permission of Tesco and with support from the Trussell Trust, teams of volunteers from the Foodbank and Ocean greeted shoppers with information about the work of the Foodbank and accepted donations over the course of three promotional days.
Ocean has trebled its in-house collections for the local food bank, in response to growing demand for the service, which supplies food parcels to local families in need.
Missing those free school dinners
As the school holidays get underway, parents on a tight budget are having to make funds stretch even further, explained Ocean Housing’s Welfare Advisor Gemma Aldin:
“Children who would normally enjoy a free hot school dinner in term-time will of course need to eat at home in the holidays, which often puts parents under extra pressure financially.”
This in turn increases demand at the local food banks, with the St Austell branch reporting shortages of larder essentials that many of us take for granted, such as instant mashed potato, pasta sauce, long life milk and fruit juice.
Last year St Austell Food Bank supplied food parcels for 2,617 people, 890 of which were children.
“I wanted to find a simple way for us all to help,” added Susan McKnight, Ocean’s New Tenant Support Adviser, who began co-ordinating the collections at Ocean in 2015, which to date have raised over 200 kilos of shopping for the food bank.
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