The Food Festival’s pre-Christmas Drop-off and Go collection of donations for Nantwich Foodbank clients went with a bang on Saturday, with donations of food and gifts coming from throughout Nantwich and the surrounding area.
This time the team of Festival Volunteers was reinforced by the support of Joelle Warren MBE DL, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, and Nantwich Mayor, Councillor Peter Groves and his wife and Consort, Carol, who were kept busy throughout the event.
A steady stream of locals started arriving early to drop off their generous donations, thanks to Brine Leas School allowing the use of their car park.
An incredible 2 tonnes of food and gifts were donated; this included 2 car loads of goodies from the Nantwich Women’s Register.
This showed that, as always, the people of Nantwich and surrounding area support those in need. To quote one of the Festival team “We were astounded by the generosity of local people.”
The streamlined collection process meant that no sooner had donations arrived at Brine Leas, they were sorted, then loaded into the food bank vehicle for transporting to the Nantwich Foodbank Store to prepare for allocation to individual families.
Nantwich Buddies were on hand at the Foodbank, and sorted the donations once they arrived at the warehouse.
Emily Vaughan, Foodbank Store Manager was clearly delighted when she told us:
“We are delighted to say that a truly amazing 2 tonnes of donations were collected. What a fantastic result.”
“The generosity of our supporters never ceases to amaze us. These gifts from one neighbour to another are evidence of the goodwill that exists within our local community. It is humbling to see and be a part of it all. It was also wonderful to see a number of local organisations working in support of a common goal, so a huge thank you to Nantwich Food Festival, Nantwich Buddies and Nantwich Women’s Register.”
“It is reassuring that even in these difficult times, the support of local people is enabling us to deliver emergency food & festive goodies to the most vulnerable household in our area.”
Damien Gear, Nantwich Foodbank Manager, was delighted with the generosity of the Nantwich Methodist Church congregation, when he was presented with a cheque from them.
An additional generous donation from a Nantwich Food Festival exhibitor further swelled the money given to the Foodbank.
Maureen Coulter, who organised the event on behalf of the Food Festival says “We are delighted with the success of the event, and wish to thank all the people who donated food and gifts for those in need.
The ongoing help of the local media and Cat FM Community Radio has been essential in publicising this event, and we thank them sincerely. Their support has helped make this drop-off and go the great success that it was.
“We are thankful that we could collectively support another essential local organisation, and are delighted that Nantwich Foodbank clients will benefit from the generosity of local people”