Some of you might recall that Hinckley RFC installed a collection point for the Hinckley Area Foodbank in the Clubhouse back in August last year. Since that launch in the heady days of late summer, the Club has donated over a quarter of a tonne of food for distribution to people struggling to make ends meet in the Hinckley area.
After a relatively quiet start donations really took off in the December period when we made donations amounting to 121 kg of food. This was a fantastic response by the Club and coincided with record donations over the festive period from the rest of the Community. Some 8.6 tonnes of food were donated during December compared with 5.1 tonnes over the same period in 2017, a 41% increase and the highest ever monthly total in the Foodbank’s history.
Project Manager Julie Baker commented, ‘We couldn’t be more pleased with the response over Christmas and I’d like to say a special thank you to Hinckley Rugby Club who, as one of our more recent donors, have responded magnificently. It really is overwhelming! It just shows how much Hinckley people care for those in difficulty within their community.’
Set-up in 2012, Hinckley Area Foodbank is one of 428 foodbanks across the country which make up the Trussell Trust network. It is a partnership of 9 churches in the Hinckley area and is managed by Hinckley Christian Community Action.
Chair of the group Colin Figures stated, ‘It was a brilliant response over Christmas and we were very grateful for the donations. That said, it is an unfortunate fact that demand for the Foodbank in Hinckley and across the country is still increasing. In the December period 2017 year we provided emergency food for 468 people in Hinckley; in 2018, the figure was 602. We need every donation! Please keep them coming.’
The Club has also made a number of donations of unused bread to the Salvation Army via the Foodbank that has been used in their on-going efforts to support the homeless and vulnerable.
For anyone who would like to make a donation but hasn’t already done so, the collection point is just inside the top door to the Clubhouse. Just drop your items in the crate provided – it is emptied on a regular basis. Any non-perishable items are welcome.
If you would like to know a little more about the Hinckley Area Foodbank and its work, check out the website www.hinckleyarea.foodbank.org.uk or send an email to email@example.com