Council staff prove it is the season of good will with food bank donation

Hundreds of festive treats have been donated to Durham Foodbank by generous council staff and elected members to help people in need this Christmas.

Employees and councillors from Durham County Council contributed food supplies throughout November, which the foodbank will use to create special Christmas hampers for local people in crisis this month.

This is the second year that staff and members have supported the festive foodbank collection, which asks them to buy an extra item, such as a selection box or Christmas crackers, with their regular grocery shop and drop them in to council buildings across the county.

Durham Foodbank will distribute the Christmas hampers alongside the emergency food parcels they supply to families.

Over 880kg of food was donated during November 2018, which will provide a massive 1,103 meals for people in need this festive season.

The boxes from County Hall were passed by Cllr Jane Brown, Cabinet member for social inclusion to Peter MacLellan, CEO of Durham Christian Partnership which facilitates the foodbank.

Cllr Brown said: “We donate to the foodbank all year round, but we make an extra effort at Christmas to donate treats to go alongside the usual nutritious food cupboard staples. Donating an item can seem like such a small thing to do, but all the donations we receive can make a big difference to people in our community, who are unable to afford the kind of luxury items that we sometimes take for granted.

“No one in our local community should have to go hungry this Christmas. We are delighted to be able to give these boxes to the foodbank to help bring some normality on Christmas day for people who are having a difficult time.”

Peter MacLellan said: “We are really grateful to everyone at Durham County Council for their timely Christmas donations. Christmas puts great pressure on people in crisis and it makes a real difference to be able to offer some tasty extras to those who have to access the foodbank at this time.”