Staff at The Guinness Partnership have teamed up with a Havant food bank for a six-month food poverty campaign.
Volunteers from the housing association are working closely with the Beacon food bank in the Meridian Centre helping with essential items, Christmas hampers and fundraisers to help those who may be in need of assistance – particularly in the lead up to the festive season.
The Guiness Partnership is working with food bank charity The Trussell Trust for the launch of Food Sense to help tackle food poverty.
Food banks provide crucial short-term relief for families and in the past year Trussell Trust – which runs around 420 food banks across the UK – handed out emergency supplies to over a million people, including children.
Eighteen Guinness offices collected food and other essentials for local Trussell Trust food banks from October 5–15, and delivered the goods on October 16, which was World Food Day.
Alan Newman, head of tenancy support at The Guinness Partnership, said: ‘It’s great that we’re able to work with The Trussell Trust to raise awareness of the issues around food poverty, and we’re really keen that customers who need support are able to access it too.
‘As well as encouraging our staff to get involved with the campaign we’ll be working with frugal food blogger Thrifty Lesley to give our customers healthy, delicious meal ideas on a budget.’
Lesley’s blog – thriftylesley.com – contains recipes and advice for living on £1 a day with nutritious and appetising meals.
Additionally, Guinness customers who require access to food banks or who are in need of further information can find support from the organisation’s financial sustainment teams.
For more information on the campaign, visit guinnesspartnership.com/foodsense.
n Beacon Food Bank, Portsdown Community Church, The Beacon, 69-73 Meridian Centre, Havant, PO9 1UN
Phone (023) 9247 0167 or visit portsdowncc.org.uk/beaconfoodbank.htm.