thanks to Concordians for supporting Shrewsbury Food Bank PLUS

Friday January 8, 2021

At the end of the Autumn term, Concord staff and students supported Shrewsbury Food Bank PLUS in their charitable Christmas initiative. The food hamper element of the initiative was to provide local families with Christmas dinner, as well as extra treats and food for Christmas week – in addition to normal food bank parcels. The second element was hampers, such as gifts for the children and adults in the households in need. Along with generous donations across the county, Concord was delighted to donate four crates ‘with overflowing bags’ of food and gifts, according to Concord’s Head of Marketing, Mrs Vanessa Hawkins. Said Mrs Hawkins, who introduced the charitable initiative this year alongside Concord’s SEN Coordinator, Mrs Roz Lawrence: “Roz and I decided that for staff and students, instead of sending Christmas cards to each other, we proposed the idea of sending gifts and food or donating to the food bank. “I’m sure the last year has been very difficult for many families, particularly those who have lost jobs and income due to the pandemic.” Mrs Lawrence dropped off the crates and bags of donations on 21st December and was thrilled to see piles of donations from other schools, business and local people around Shrewsbury. Mrs Hawkins added: “Happy New Year to everyone and thank you to all who donated items to the Food Bank for this Christmas.” According to Barnabas Community Projects - Home of Shrewsbury Food Bank, the hamper campaign ensured 245 families and over 700 people were fed and supported over Christmas. Shrewsbury Food Bank PLUS thanked all contributors with a message on the 22nd December: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas campaign. “We had a wonderful day receiving and sorting all of the incredible donations and organising hampers for those in need. “We can’t say thank you enough and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community! YOU are amazing!” And thanks to continued local support and other similar initiatives, ‘Food Bank PLUS’ is now able to help people beyond the short-term fix and empower them to face a more positive future. If you would like to support them in their future endeavours, please visit: https://www.barnabascommunityprojects.org/