Successful pilot for Leamington's first fresh goods foodbank - The Leamington Observer

Successful pilot for Leamington's first fresh goods foodbank

Leamington Editorial 13th Mar, 2022   0

A FOODBANK project with a difference is offering users fresh food items in Leamington.

And following a successful pilot, organisers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, hope to run the fresh foodbanks during school holidays.

The inaugural event was recently held at the Baitul Ehsan Mosque in Adelaide Road. The food parcels – put together by volunteers – included bread, dairy and eggs donated by community members.

Co-organiser Tahar Ahmed told the Observer: “With the challenging macro climate currently and record inflation affecting basic goods, we wanted to gauge the demand for perishable goods from our network across the community in Leamington.

“Having reached out directly to contacts and through social media, there was a good response and level of interest meaning we were keen to go ahead with the pilot as planned.”

During the first event the team prepared and distributed 50 food packs containing four pints of milk, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, butter, cheese and a cooking guide leaflet.

A second event is being planned for Easter.

Tahar added: “We will be primarily targeting holiday periods as this is when families seem to struggle the most, especially those with kids out of school during this time.

“From the feedback we have had, it has been a lifeline to some of the half term period, meaning they have a small buffer to cover other bills and make ends meet with rising prices all round.”

The team hopes to make the event permanent.

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