26 pallets of food delivered to Milton Keynes charities

    MK Food Reach, an initiative to support local people affected by food poverty, has delivered its first artic lorry load of items to MK Food Bank and Baby Basics.

    The lorry contained 26 pallets of essential food and supplies, worth an estimated retail value of £52,000.

    Speaking about the donation, Louisa Hobbs at MK Food Bank said: “This delivery has arrived at a perfect time for us. We have found that as the cost of living has gone up, donations have dropped. MK Food bank helps around 450 people a week with food parcels. We also distribute food to other charities who support homeless people and the elderly.

    "Initiatives such as MK Food Reach are so helpful and allow us to continue tackling local food poverty. We thank all the businesses who have kindly donated so far.”

    The MK Food Reach campaign was originally set up to help tackle rising food poverty resulting from the cost of living crisis. With an increase in families who are affected and fewer food donations from the general public, local food banks are struggling to keep up with demand.

    MK Food Reach is a fundraising platform where businesses can donate money to help facilitate the delivery food pallets to charities in MK.

    The funds are sent directly to HIS Church, a food redistribution charity.

    For every £10,000 raised, an artic lorry load containing 26 pallets of food and essential supplies will be distributed to local charities in and around Milton Keynes.

    Business who kindly donated to the first MK food Reach delivery include Cawleys, Freeths Solicitors LLP, Mazars, and 42 Consulting.

    As well as making a generous donation, Cawleys kindly provided a lorry and driver to transport the goods from Lincolnshire to Milton Keynes. Anna Cawley, Strategy and Communications Director at Cawleys said:

    “At Cawleys we have always believed it is important to support the local community. We know that MK Food Bank will be able to help hundreds of people with this donation and we’re delighted to get involved. I hope that other businesses will also show their support to continue this initiative in the future.”

    Jonathan Hambleton, Managing Partner at Freeth’s Solicitors said: “When I was approached and asked to consider supporting MK Food Reach I immediately knew that this was an initiative that Freeths should support. MK is a thriving business community, and Freeths is very much part of this, but life in MK is not easy for everyone at the moment.

    "Freeths are pleased to be able to support MK Food Reach to deliver food to those who need it now. In addition to financial support, I was delighted that a number of Freeths’ staff have volunteered to work to support Food Reach —demonstrating a real commitment to the local community.”

    MK Food Reach needs the support of the local business community to be able to continue delivering much needed food supplies to tackle food poverty in MK.

    To donate, click here.

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