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Issue:- 26 June 2014


PICTURED FROM LEFT: Lyndsey Jones , Joanne Delooze, Wendy DePrieelle, Rachel Coulthard and Sue Bennett.

BUILDING society colleagues helped to restock the shelves at Southport Foodbank after generous branch members donated enough food to feed a whole family for a week.

For the past few weeks Yorkshire Building Society's Southport branch, on London Street, has been collecting tins of tomatoes, packets of pasta and cartons of long life milk for families in need.  And on Saturday, 21 June 2014, a group of colleagues went along to the foodbank which is based at Lakeside Christian Centre, on North Promenade and part of the Trussell Trust national network of foodbanks.

The activity was part of Actionteering; the Yorkshire's volunteering scheme which allows every colleague 14 hours' paid leave to help out a local charity or good cause.

Joanne Delooze, Customer Consultant at the Southport branch, said:- "The Southport Foodbank is a very deserving cause and helps a lot of families who without its support would go hungry.  I would like to thank everyone who came into the branch to donate food. We managed to collect a good amount of food which will make a huge difference to a lot of people.  We also spent time meeting volunteers at the foodbank and helping to process the food and pack parcels for individuals, small families and large families.“

In the past 12 months Southport Foodbank has provided 3 days of food to more than 3,000 adults and children who have been referred by more than 85 different agencies.  There are 7 foodbanks around the Southport, Banks and Formby areas with Lakeside acting as a central hub.  Last year the Yorkshire also donated £100 to Southport Foodbank during Make A Difference week.

“Southport Foodbank was pleased to receive the kind donation of food from Yorkshire Building Society, enough to feed one of our clients for a week.  Without the support of national organisations such as the Yorkshire, together with local businesses, churches, community groups and individuals we would not be able to reach out to those in our community who are suffering from food poverty.“ said John Sullivan, manager of Southport Foodbank.

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