Residents going through tough times are set to benefit after 350 kilograms of food was donated to the Haywards Heath Food Bank by customers from The Southern Co-operative food store.
The local Trussell Trust Food Bank was overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community as an in store donation drive saw the community flock to The Southern Co-operative food store on South Road to get involved and donate.
Paul Chatfield, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative store said: “The partnership between ourselves and the Food Bank is really important to our store. Community involvement and charitable giving are at the heart of what The Southern Co-operative stands for. Thanks to our loyal and generous customers, we have collected around 4,000 kilograms of donations over the past 10 donation days!”
Volunteers from the Haywards Heath Trussell Trust Food Bank hand out a donation ‘shopping list’ to customers as they collect their baskets, detailing the items most needed to keep the Food Bank well stocked. Customers have the option to add any of these items to their shop which are handed in to volunteers and taken to the Food Bank.
Paul added: “It really is inspiring to see how passionate our customers are about support those less fortunate in our community. One regular customer purchased over £150 worth of products which they donated to the Food Bank on our most recent drive, enough to fill eight storage trays. Because of the direct positive impact that donating physical goods to a food bank has, even buying one or two items really does help those in need in Haywards Heath.”
The next donation drive will be held on 17th September with volunteers from Haywards Heath’s Food Bank being at The Southern Co-operative Food Store on South Road from 9am to 4pm.