Staff and customers at Aldi on St. Marks Road in Millfield have donated three trolley loads of Easter eggs to help families struggling over the holidays with some seasonal excitement.
Treats will be provided by the Food Bank at Elim Pentecostal Church in Eden Valley, which, unfortunately, is in need of its services more than ever due to the epidemic.
Food Bank manager Granville Hawkins said: “This is not only the hardest time of the year, but the hardest at all times. There are people who never expected to be in this condition, but they are now contagious. Unfortunately, as more people are laid off, we expect more people to be needed.
“Some of the visitors are very embarrassed, but they should not be. We are here to help.”
The Food Bank, which has been operating in the city for over 10 years, is run entirely on a voluntary and donation basis.
Speaking about the Aldi donation, Granville said: “People were able to put Easter eggs in parcels to show that someone cares about them, whether they have children or not.”
Barry Robinson, store manager for Aldi in Millfield, said it was important to help the community of employees who worked throughout the epidemic.
He explained: “It’s one of our staff, Tracy Oliver, who came up with the idea of doing something to help. .
“He asked if we could help with something, so customers and staff donated eggs to Elim Food Bank. It’s very much a community store. Community.
He added: “As a manager, I am very proud of the employees who work hard one day. It helps them to give back to the community, which helps to provide a good factor in these difficult times. ”
Elim is one of the city’s 11 food banks, however, some have had to close temporarily due to infection.
:: Anyone wishing to donate to Elim Food Bank can drop off indestructible items on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Meals can also be dropped off at the COP Center in Hendon on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ring will be at 07907 667384 before a volunteer checks in.
:: Anyone in need of a food bank can obtain a referral number to speak with Sunderland City Council or telephone: 0300 330 1194 Trained and Independent Citizens Consulting Agent (lines Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
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