Foodbank items

Shoppers in Lichfield have helped to provide thousands of families in need with meals as part of a regional campaign.

Central England Co-operative said stores across its network had collected 165,000 items to support local people in need during the summer holidays.

The appeal was launched to help families who struggle when children are away from education and cannot access free school meals.

Among the beneficiaries of the donation was Lichfield Food Bank.

Central England Co-operative’s chief executive Debbie Robinson said: “I and everyone involved with our Summer Food Bank Appeal have been overwhelmed with the stunning generosity of our customers and members.

“By just dropping an item or two into our special collection points this summer they have ensured that thousands upon thousands of children at risk of going hungry have been fed during the school holidays – ensuring they remain fit and healthy and could enjoy their holidays to the full.

“To have collected over 165,000 items and created meals for 42,500 children is an amazing achievement and, most importantly, will have had a major impact for these youngsters this year and hopefully for many more to come.

“We are proud to work with amazing food bank partners all year round and continue to urge our customers and members, if they can, to drop off an item or two into the special collection points in our stores to make sure vital support continues for people in need all year round.”

Items donated included shopping basket staples from tea, sugar and cereals to other essentials such as toiletries and hygiene products.

The appeal was launched in July after figures from End Child Poverty revealed that in Lichfield a total of 4,698 children were currently living in child poverty.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.