Locals step up for massive Halloween Foodbank drive
Organisers of a Halloween Trick or Eat collection for Hackney Foodbank have been moved to tears after supporters donated enough food to fill four lorries.
The initiative, organised by The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent shops and restaurants, saw more than 60 streets and shops collecting non-perishable food. Locals, some dressed up for Halloween, followed the Trick or Eat trail – donating food as they went. Five-tonnes of food were donated.
Jenna Fansa, of the Local Buyers Club, said: “For families who were worried about trick or treating this year, Trick or Eat was a lovely, safe way of enjoying Halloween and helping people who are experiencing hard times. We cleared a space in our living room ready for the donations but were so swamped that we filled the kitchen and hallway too. We could barely close the door!
“Almost every neighbourhood in Hackney took part - at a time that’s full of fear and hardship, locals have stepped up with the biggest display of warmth and compassion, showing that we really are all in this together. Thank you to everyone who supported Trick or Eat this year.”
Demand for Hackney Foodbank has more than doubled since the first lockdown in March and, with another lockdown beginning this Thursday, staff there are bracing themselves for a surge in the number of people in crisis.
From March to September 2020 Hackney Foodbank fed more than 10,000 people (compared to 4,446 people in the same period in 2019).
Throughout November the Local Buyers Club is also donating £5 to Hackney Foodbank for every new member who joins for just £10 with the code TRICKOREAT. Members are rewarded with savings at hundreds of local shops, restaurants and more throughout London. Join here.
Among the Hackney Streets which took part in this year's Trick or Eat were:
Aden Grove, Allen Road, Alkham Road, Allerton Road, Balfour Road, Barbauld Road, Batley Place, Bayston Road, Bethune Road,, Bouverie Road (Tam's House Nursery), Brenthouse Road, Brodia Road,, Brooke Road, Burma Road, Bushberry Road ,Casimir Street. Casbeard Street , Charnock Rd, , Chesholm Road, Gibbs Lane, Clissold Crescent, Digby Crescent, Dunlace Rd, Dynevor Road, Earlybird Cards (Stoke Newington Church St), Edenbridge Road, Elmcroft St, Elphinstone Street, Evering Road, Fremont Street, Glyn Road, ,Grayling Road, Grazebrook road Haberdasher Street, Harcombe Road, Hassett Road, Hawksley Road, Heron Drive, Ickburgh Road, Kynaston Road, Lavers Road, Leswin Road, Listria Park,London Lane, Location Location Estate Agency, Stoke Newington Church Street. Lockhurst St, Murrain Road, Norcott Road, Oldfield Road, Osbaldeston Road, Pellerin Road, Petherton Road, Prep Cookshop - Stoke Newington Church Street, Prince George Road, Richmond Road, Queensbridge Road, Saw Mill Way, Green Lanes, Springdale Road, St Agnes Close, Summerhouse Road, Thornby Road, Ufton Grove, Sutton Sq, Urswick Rd, Vicars Close, Waterloo Close, Yoakley Road and Ufton Road.
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WHAT DOES THE FOOD BANK NEED?
Items currently in short supply at Hackney Food Bank are longlife (UHT) milk, tinned beef and bars of soap - items which are often in high demand are tinned meat, fish and vegetables, dried pasta, curry sauce, long-life juice and toiletries.
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