Huge thanks to everyone who contributed Christmas food, household essentials, money and gifts.
Not only was December our busiest month to date in terms of supplying food parcels to clients, it was also the biggest month for donations from supporters.
Our big-hearted donors included 42 community groups and businesses, 24 churches, and nine schools and nurseries.
We also recorded well over 100 separate donations brought in by supporters during our Wednesday and Saturday food delivery mornings and Monday sorting sessions at Purley URC. On top of that we received numerous donations between £10 and £100 from individuals, many of them anonymous.
Thanks to the number of food donations we were again able to pass on generous amounts to our partner organisations, chiefly the Food Stops at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Purley, and St Francis Church, Monks Hill.
Like the Food Hub, the Old Lodge Lane Food Stop also saw record numbers in December. Pastor Nick Graves said: “Over Christmas 1,360 people were fed, equating to 4,080 meals.
“Compared to supermarket prices, the savings to vulnerable families amounted to over £9,000, and by using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill we saved almost 1,000 tonnes of CO2.”
Louise Willmer, our Stock Controller and Management Committee Chair, said: “An enormous vote of thanks to all of our kind, generous supporters who provided a MOUNTAIN of donations in December. You have helped HUGELY in meeting the greatly increased need over the Christmas period.”
Pictured below are just a few of our recent donors. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!