Vital donation to help more Leamingtonians access emergency food and toiletries - The Leamington Observer

Vital donation to help more Leamingtonians access emergency food and toiletries

Leamington Editorial 15th May, 2024   0

MORE people struggling with the cost-of-living in Leamington can receive emergency food and toiletries thanks to a £7,500 donation.

The Brunswick Healthy Living Centre has received funding from the Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust to support the continuation of its Emergency Chilled Food Bank Project, set up in response to the Covid lockdown. The cash will also be used to help launch a Toiletry Selection Bags Project to help those struggling to buy toiletries.

Both the Emergency Chilled Food Bank and Toiletry Selection Bags are available at the BHLC’s Hub on Shrubland Street.

The Emergency Chilled Food Bank provides a one-off food parcel for people who are unable to afford fresh, chilled food. For just £5, a family will receive items such as milk, bread, eggs, butter, cheese, and meat products to the value of £20.

The BHLC also has a Free Food Table which is available at the Hub, where those from the community can come and pick up surplus items donated from supermarkets and local growers that would otherwise be thrown away.

The Toiletry Selection Bags offer toiletries to individuals struggling on a low income. For £2 the bags contain items including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste as well as sanitary products and men’s shaving products and razors.

BHLC’s community food project officer Sarah Gutteridge said: “The grant from CWRT is enabling us to make a real difference to the local community with the continuation of the Emergency Chilled Food Bank and launch of the Toiletry Selection Bags project.

“Many are still feeling the pinch due to the cost-of-living crisis and this grant is playing a key part in helping us to deliver fresh food and wellbeing products to those in real need. To keep providing the vital support we do requires funding, so this grant is a huge help.”

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