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East of England Co-op supports Suffolk and Essex foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters with in-store collections

PUBLISHED: 13:28 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 25 November 2016

Volunteers sorting food collected from East of England Co-op stores in its Christmas appeal that is being donated to foodbanks in the region. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency
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Volunteers sorting food collected from East of England Co-op stores in its Christmas appeal that is being donated to foodbanks in the region. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency www.angliapictureagency.co.uk

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Shoppers across Suffolk and Essex are being urged to spare a thought for those in need this Christmas and donate an item from their shopping trolley to a foodbank.

Food collected from East of England Co-op stores in its Christmas appeal that is being donated to foodbanks in the region. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency
www.angliapictureagency.co.ukFood collected from East of England Co-op stores in its Christmas appeal that is being donated to foodbanks in the region. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency www.angliapictureagency.co.uk

The East of England Co-op’s existing in-store collection points in its food stores across the region will collect items for this year’s Christmas appeal from shoppers who wish to donate an item. The collections from the region’s stores will then be passed on to 25 foodbanks including the Trussell Trust, Clacton Salvation Army and the Families in Need (FIND) Foodbank in Ipswich.

Jo Stephenson, East of England regional development officer at the Trussell Trust said: “We’re very grateful for the support of the East of England Co-op in the lead up to this Christmas.

“Winter is the hardest time of year for people living on the breadline; many will face stark choices between eating and heating.

“Trussell Trust foodbanks will be there for people when an unavoidable crisis, like redundancy, illness or a broken boiler, means there isn’t enough money to put food on the table, but it is only with the support of local people and businesses that foodbanks can continue to do that vital work.”

As well as supporting foodbanks, the Co-op’s Christmas appeal will also donate food to local soup kitchens in the region, while the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter and Colchester Night Shelter have already benefited from financial support for food supplies.

Christian Bone, head of community engagement at the East of England Co-op said: “We hope to make a real difference to lives of vulnerable local people through our continued work with food banks, soup kitchens and night shelters this winter and would like to encourage our members and customers to join us in our fight against food poverty this year.

“By donating just one item from your shopping basket to a food bank at your local food store you could make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.”

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