Londoners urged to support Halloween Foodbank drive
The Local Buyers Club is preparing to run its annual Trick or Eat event – collecting supplies for London food banks this Halloween (Sunday October 31st).
Last year’s Trick or Eat collected five tonnes (four lorries) of food for people experiencing hardship. Residents from dozens of Hackney streets put collection boxes outside their homes and encouraged local families to donate non-perishable food while out trick or treating.
This year organisers are expanding the appeal to include Walthamstow.
Jenna Fansa of the Local Buyers Club said: “We’re inviting locals to host a collection box for the food bank outside their homes for one night and to encourage their friends and neighbours to donate. We need participants to bring the food they collected to one central location – one in Stoke Newington and another in Walthamstow, where local food banks will collect from.
“Every year we hope demand for food banks will decline but sadly the opposite is happening and, with a reduction in Universal Credit taking effect in October and energy bills increasing, thousands of Londoners are struggling.
“Last year we were blown away by people’s kindness and we hope we can match that this year.”
The food will be passed to Hackney Foodbank and food banks in Walthamstow. This year supporters are asked to donate five basic foods - tinned soup, tinned fish, tinned meat (corned beef), longlife meat and longlife juice.
More than 60 streets and shops took part in last year's Trick or Eat, collecting non-perishable food. Locals, some dressed up for Halloween, followed the Trick or Eat trail – donating food as they went.
Jenna Fansa, of the Local Buyers Club, said: “For families who are worried about trick or treating this year, Trick or Eat is a lovely, safe way of enjoying Halloween and helping people who are experiencing hard times.
To sign up as a Trick or Eat donation point, email email@example.com giving your name, address and a contact number. We'll send you artwork to share with your contacts and posters to put up in your neighbourhood. You'll need to find a big box or a container to collect donations in.
Throughout September the Local Buyers Club is also offering a year's half price membership for new (£6 instead of £12) and donating £5 to London food banks for every new member who joins with the code TRICKOREAT. Members are rewarded with savings at hundreds of local shops, restaurants and more throughout London. Join here.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR'S TRICK OR EAT
WHAT DOES THE FOOD BANK NEED?
Items currently in short supply are longlife (UHT) milk, longlife juice, tinned beef, curry sauce, biscuits and bars of soap, tinned fish, tinned soup, nappies and toiletries.
If you'd like to donate money direct to Hackney Foodbank
please click HERE.
To support the Rukhsana Khan Foundation food bank in Walthamstow please click HERE
To support Eat or Heat food bank in Walthamstow please click HERE
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