Although the blog is about dining out, we do talk a lot in our household about food waste, sustainability and those less fortunate than ourselves. We’ve posted about a pay-as-you-feel food night that was designed to use up food waste and feed the homeless (Re-f-Use Durham) and we have also donated to local foodbanks via our local supermarket. I think it’s tragic that in this day and age people have to rely on foodbanks to feed their families, for one reason or another.
The North East’s largest shopping centre is urging households to do the same to help those less fortunate or who are experiencing hardship. Last year, staff and shoppers at intu Metrocentre donated more than 200kg of dried and tinned food to the Gateshead Foodbank to help those in need – and the aim is to donate even more this year. So, in a bid to help as many people as possible, intu Metrocentre is asking shoppers to bring in food products they don’t use, want, or perhaps have given up for Lent.
The initiative, which will last until the 20th March, is the brainchild of intu Metrocentre Chaplain Lyn Jamieson, who said: “It is very sad indeed to think that, in this day and age, there are still people who do not have enough to eat. The Gateshead Foodbank has been set up to help those most in need and, as intu Metrocentre is at the very heart of the community, we are committed to gathering as much food and awareness as possible.”
Last year, foodbanks across the UK gave more than 500,000 emergency three-day food supplies to people in crisis. More than a third of the emergency foodbank supplies went to children in need.
The centre is calling for donations of:
· Long life fruit juice
· Tinned food
· Pasta sauces
· Breakfast cereals
· Tea bags and jars of instant coffee
· Instant mash
· 500g rice and pasta
· Jars of jam
· Packets or biscuits and snacks
· Milk (UHT or powdered)
Donations can be handed in at any of the centre’s customer services desks or the Centre Management Offices on the 1st floor, next to House of Fraser. For more information visit www.intumetrocentre.co.uk.
Thanks for reading,