December 18, 2020: It’s been one of the hardest years many of us can remember, but for some much worse than others.
Recognizing the trauma that the lockdown world and Covid-19 have wreaked upon whole communities, members of staff at Hammond Expanders’ operation in the north of England, have been collecting food items and essentials to donate to local food banks in the run-up to Christmas.
“We did it over a four to six week period, and popping a few extra items in each week doesn’t really make much difference to your final bill,” said vice president Steve Barnes.
“Apart from the usual cupboard essentials we did buy some festive items — there was a good selection of mince pies, Christmas pudding, fruit cocktails, sweets and other treats.”
Barnes’s wife, a primary school teacher, had highlighted the increased demand from foodbanks, which support a number of families, but this year more than ever.
“The Covid epidemic has certainly increased demand and depleted foodbanks supplies dramatically,” said Barnes. “Families across the UK who had secure jobs this time last year have had their lives turned upside down since early April and have had to rely on them.
“We should continue to do this in the future. It isn’t any hardship to add a few items and over a few weeks you can get a good stock of food together and brighten the lives of those struggling in our community.”