The sun shone for the Food Festival’s spring Drop-off and Go Collection of donations for Nantwich Foodbank clients, with donations coming from throughout Nantwich and as far afield as Wrenbury and Sandbach.
This was the 5th such event, and clearly the appetite of locals to help others hasn’t diminished.
The team of 10 Festival Volunteers saw a steady stream of locals dropping off their generous donations on what was a very busy Saturday, thanks to Brine Leas School allowing the use of their car park.
Almost 2 tonnes of essential foods, toiletries and cleaning materials were donated, an impressive tally, showing that, as always, the people of Nantwich and surrounding area support those in need.
The Drop-off and Go was a real community event; Nantwich Mayor, Councillor Pam Kirkham was busy throughout the event, playing a key role in sorting donations, as did David Pritchard, of Applewood Independent, one of the Festival’s main and longstanding sponsors. The new Nantwich Foodbank Manager, Damien Geir and his colleagues were also constantly on the go, dealing with the non-stop stream of donations.
The whole team helped to collect and sort donations, then load them all into the food bank vehicle for transporting to the Nantwich Foodbank to prepare for allocation to individual families in time for Easter.
Emily Vaughan, Warehouse Manager for Nantwich Foodbank told Maureen Coulter, the Festival Co-ordinator of the event
“What can I say …another incredible event manned & organised by you and your team and another amazing show of support from the local community.
After completing the weigh in at our storeroom I have tallied up the weights. The 3.5 van loads were equivalent to 134 crates full which has provided us with 1900 kilo of food. It’s incredible, and once again the promotion of specific food items needed has really worked. We could not be happier.”
Maureen Coulter, on behalf of the Food Festival team says “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the day, and wish to thank all those who donated produce. The publicity from the local media and Cat FM Community Radio has been essential in publicising this event, and we thank them sincerely. Without their support we are confident that this would not have been the great success that it was.
“We are pleased that we could collectively support another essential local organisation, and are delighted that Nantwich Foodbank clients will benefit from the generosity of local people”