Ways to Help – Food Bank Collections

In Covid 19 vol news by Nina Porter

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council are working with local food banks to support families and individuals who need emergency food supplies during this challenging time.

To help with the support, food banks are asking people to get together in their roads or community groups and to setup a donation point and to encourage neighbours and local friends to leave donations of food or other welfare items.  All the goods collected will be collected by volunteers and taken to the Harlequin where they will be distributed out to vulnerable people via local food banks and the Harlequin directly.

Items we are looking for are varied and include
Tinned – veg, meat or fish, pasta, soup, rice, baked beans, pasta sauce, dog food, brea kfast cereal, UHT Milk, jam, tea, coffee, long life fruit juice, tooth paste, shower gel, nappies (size 0), biscuits, dried ready meals, etc

PLEASE: NO perishable food, out-of-date food, alcohol or medicines.

If you would like to setup a donation point where you live, there are three simple steps.
1. Find a box, preferably with a lid and place it somewhere where it is easy for people to find and where it’s safe.
2. Email: foodbanks@reigate-banstead.gov.uk to let the council know where your donation box is so they can arrange to collect the contents when its full (you can use same email to let us know when you have donations to collect.
3. Tell your local friends and neighbours you have setup a donation box and encourage them to make donations.

Donations collected will be share with local food banks including St Matthews Redhill, LoveWorks (Reigate & Merstham), Horley Foodbank, Welcare (Redhill) and Banstead & Tadworth as well as supporting the Community Welfare packs delivered from the Harlequin.

To check if there is already a food collection point near you (in Reigate & Redhill area), see this map created by Redhill and Reigate Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group.