On Saturday 9th November, Chris and I went to Sainsbury’s to do a shop but for a change, the grocery shop wasn’t for us. Armed with a list from the Trussell Trust we did a basic shop for things to take to Battersea Food Bank after I discovered that 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line.
I’d set myself a budget of £15 for this donation, and I didn’t really know how far that would stretch, but it certainly went an incredibly long way. I ended up donating a heap of coffee, sugar, tinned puddings (an infinite amount of rice pudding), tinned meat, soup and a whole host of other non-perishable items. I was amazed how much food we managed to get for such a small amount of money.
After we’d been shopping, we jumped on the bus and headed to Battersea, an area of London I’ve never really been to before, and found ourselves at the Food Bank really quickly. When we arrived, we were greeted so warmly by one of the volunteers who was incredibly grateful for us taking the time and the money to drop by with a donation. She said, that someone donates something every week.
I was amazed how little time and money donating to the Trussell Trust took. It was literally an hour of my time and less than £15 to help provide a minimum of three days food to a family in need in Battersea. In the run up to Christmas and over what looks set to be a particularly cold winter, I really think this is an incredibly beneficial cause, and certainly one that I’ll be donating to again.
If you’re interested in donating, check out The Trussell Trust to find your nearest food bank or donate at Tesco stores nationwide on 29th and 30th November and 1st December. I don’t want this post to sound preachy (sorry if it does!) but this is such a simple way to give back to your community and I really think it’s worthwhile.
I’ll be donating to Battersea Foodbank again every few months for the forseeable, so feel free to send anything you can spare my way and I’ll deliver it next time I go.