A UTTOXETER supermarket is asking residents to drop off their food donations for a charity providing parcels to struggling families as it continues its food poverty campaign.
The Central England Co-operative store, based in The Maltings, is encouraging employees and customers to donate produce for the Salvation Army to distribute.
The store collection box is part of a five-year plan to install food collection points across all of the food retail stores.
Daniel Woburton, Uttoxeter store manager, said: “We are delighted that our food store can help the local community with an installation of a food collection point.
“The kit looks great and we know our customer will appreciate the option to donate food and help those in our community.”
The society has been working to help alleviate food poverty in conjunction with local charities and communities by installing food collection points for foodbanks to distribute in local communities.
The food collection points have been installed in conjunction with the East Staffordshire Salvation Army who will be distributing the donated food to those in need in the Uttoxeter area.
Vic Wileman, member of the East Staffordshire Salvation Army, said: “We work with agencies, social services and the police who put in requests for those in need of food parcels which we then deliver and service until that need has gone.
“Around 70, 000 items of food a year are delivered and having a food collection point in the Central England Co-operative Uttoxeter food store is an integral part of the chain in distributing food.”
“We are extremely grateful to the Central Midlands Cooperative, to be offered the opportunity to be the recipient of food being donated in the food collection boxes, being sited in the Coop in the Maltings, Uttoxeter.
“This opportunity assists us in maintaining the provision of emergency food parcels to those most in need within the local community. The delivery and putting together of these much needed food parcels, is undertaken by volunteers at The Salvation Army.
“With the news that our worship and community church is to be closed by the end of October, this has created a wonderful opportunity to look at ways to both enhance and increase the welfare services, we provide, of help given to those in need, at that moment in time, within the local community.
“We will shortly be celebrating 128 years in East Staffordshire, with the opening of our first church, providing both worship and community welfare support. We continue to increase the support provided for the disadvantaged locally.
“The support being provided by the Coop and the wonderful public, who through us, will help those in need.”
Earlier this month, the Salvation Army revealed it had supplied 20 food parcels in May, which served 26 adults and 18 children. In the same month last year the figure was just six.
It means the total number of parcels supplied this year equals 88 parcels, serving 110 adults and 83 children, compared to 44 in 2013.
However, the charity did revealed the demand for food parcels had started to stabilise to between 80 and 100 requests a month for the whole of East Staffordshire.