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.
Gemma Aldin is one of Ocean’s Welfare Advisors and explained how the partnership came about:
“We have worked with the local Foodbank since 2013 to help out those in need of emergency food supplies. As our partnership developed it made sense to begin to work together even more closely and we now hold a limited number of food cartons which we can issue to our customers in urgent need, under the same system the Foodbank itself uses.”
The Foodbank welcomes donations of all kitchen cupboard items that will keep easily, for example longlife milk, tea, coffee, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, pasta and instant mash. Working under the campaign slogan that “#every can helps”, volunteers accepted dozens of full trolleys of donated goods during the event at Tesco. Shoppers can donate goods at the store’s permanent collection box whenever they visit.
Anna Pascoe, Ocean’s Quality & Performance Manager, spoke of local shoppers’ generosity over the course of the weekend:
“The Cornish people are well-known for their kind spirit when it comes to supporting worthy causes, but even so it was truly heartwarming just how many shoppers took the time and money to add extra items to their basket. This will really keep the Foodbank’s stocks up during this peak time of need. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this collection.”