22 May 2024

Food bank welcomes town council donation

By Rebecca Hannant

Withernsea Town Council has donated food hampers to the Shores Community Pantry.

On Friday, December 16, Withernsea Mayor Cllr Jacqui Blackburn and consort Cllr Ian Blackburn held a presentation during which they donated three hampers to the food bank.

The hampers were funded by the money raised at the Remembrance tree service on Friday, December 2. In total they raised £50 from the memorial stars, which were available in businesses across Withernsea, including the Gazette.

Using the donations, they were able to source items such as tea bags, cordial, crackers, pots of mash, packet soup and many other items.

On Friday, the presentation saw members of the pantry accept the donation from the town council, with Shores CEO Jayne Nendick dubbing it a “lifeline for those in need over the Christmas period and January”.

Jayne added: “Something like this serves us a lot better than just cash, as it saves time and resources.”

The donation comes at an urgent time as Jayne says that more people are expected to struggle over the coming months as the cost-of-living crisis continues to take hold, and the pantry has been putting together food hampers for those who are most in need. Although the pantry will be closed over Christmas, referrals for these hampers can still be sought.

A spokesman for Withernsea Town Council said: “Thank you to everyone that donated.”

The pantry is still looking for donations for the food bank, and accepts in-date and sealed food, as well as cash donations.