Food for thought this Christmas

20 December 2019 - Latest news

Employees at believe housing have collected more than 450 meals worth of items for foodbanks this Christmas.

Staff from the County Durham-based housing association have been making concerted efforts to boost local foodbank supplies at this busy time of year.

Workers have brought in over 380kg of food to collection points at each of the County Durham-based housing association’s offices in recent weeks. The food collected amounts to 478 meals for those in need this Christmas.

Alan Scott, an Electrical Team Leader at believe housing, has been one of several employees instrumental in the collection, said: “It’s sad that many people find themselves struggling at this time of year. And foodbanks often have a hard time coping with demand.

“We wanted to do something to help, but the response we’ve had from colleagues has been amazing; they’ve been so generous.”

believe housing provides 18,000 affordable homes across County Durham. The housing association has dedicated specialists providing advice on everything from budgeting to managing debt and Universal Credit for customers who find themselves struggling after Christmas and New Year.

Communications Manager at believe housing, Victoria Thompson, said: “The way so many of our colleagues have approached this collection demonstrates their shared commitment to the communities we serve.

“As an organisation we support a variety of local groups, including food projects, through our community funding programme. But, so many of our employees wanted to go further and support foodbanks directly. The amount they’ve collected is tremendous and clearly demonstrates everyone’s commitment to supporting those most in need.”

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