Metro Bank’s Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon stores donated over 300 much needed items and £1,500 to help support their local Trussell Trust foodbanks as part of the Bank’s Christmas Community Campaign to spread the warmth this winter. In recognition of the current cost of living challenges. Metro Bank donated £35,000 to over 70 community charities, all of which are local to its stores, instead of having a Christmas tree in each store.
Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust which is working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The charity’s vision is for a UK without the need for foodbanks as one in five in the UK live below the poverty line.
The Basildon Foodbank fed 2,079 people in crisis last year. The Colchester Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to individuals and families in sudden crisis and has seen a 47% increase in need since last year when they helped 13,966 people in crisis. The Chelmsford Foodbank has been helping people in the Chelmsford area for nine years The Chelmsford Metro Bank has been working with this foodbank earlier in the year and has already donated over 400 items.
‘’We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported our campaign this Christmas,’’ explains Colchester Metro Bank Local Director, Chris Morgan. ‘Our local foodbanks do an outstanding job in helping to provide for families and individuals in need and we are proud that thanks to our customers and donors, we were able to provide much-needed support over Christmas in some small way.’’
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