Staff at BMI The Meriden Hospital joined forces with the ‘Trussell Trust’ and Coventry Foodbank by holding a fortnight-long ‘Christmas foodbank’ drive.
Staff at the hospital donated more than 400 items of food and household products to local families in need, from mince pies and tinned ham, to loo rolls and nappies. Anyone who donated an item to the foodbank collection received a raffle ticket and, every day a prize was given to one winner drawn at random from BMI Meriden Hospital staff.
Over the last six years Coventry Foodbank has collected over 750 tons of food and distributed over 82,000 three day food parcels to people in need in the city.
Hugh McNeill from Coventry Foodbank said: “We are delighted that the BMI Meriden Hospital have been collecting for us leading up to Christmas. We wouldn’t be able to help those in need without the ongoing support of the general public.”
Coventry Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust‘s Network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities, as well as across the UK. The Foodbank Network was founded in 2004, four years after the original foodbank was opened in Salisbury. Since then, The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities.
Jenny Liggitt, Executive Director of BMI Meridien Hospital, said: “I’m so proud that so many of our staff are prepared to help the Coventry Foodbank support families in need. There are thousands of people who struggle to feed their families and it can be particularly difficult at this time of year."
14th December 2016