In the run-up to Christmas, Croydon Council encouraged people to donate supplies to the Croydon Food Network so that they could support families in need over the festive period.
I believe that we have a moral obligation to care for those less well-off than ourselves that cannot be discharged simply by paying taxes. That’s why I supported the campaign, offering my constituency office on Wickham Road as a location for residents wanting to drop off donations.
The response was incredible:
• 8,188 individual food items were donated worth over £12,000
• As a result, over 300 food parcels were provided to families and individuals experiencing food poverty in Croydon
• Over 160 homeless people have been fed by Nightwatch from food donations collected by the Council
• Over 90 families have received food parcels with food lasting over the 12 days of Christmas
In total over 10 organisations were involved in volunteering and distribution, including the Purley Food Hub (Purley and Kenley Churches Together), Croydon Food Store, The Salvation Army in New Addington, The Shrublands Trust, Builders Church and The Gateway Church.
It’s great to see that at a time when nearly everyone is feeling the pinch, there are so many people who are prepared to do something practical to help those most in need.