Last month we challenged our teams to collect as many cans as possible to donate to the Grantham Foodbank. The initiative began as a friendly competition among 20 teams of our staff members in order to help families in the local area not go hungry this Winter.
In 2011 The Grantham Foodbank opened for the first time, since then they have created lifelines for families living in the community. The Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balance emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. This is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Totemic work closely with the Foodbank and discovered that this year has been the hardest yet for them. Donations are down 40% comparative to last year with the need increasing by 60%, which made for a 100% difference on last year. Every tin collected is a huge act of kindness as it feeds someone who really needs it. It’s not an easy thing to do to turn up to a foodbank and say I can’t feed myself or my family, making this experience of working with the Foodbank even more humbling.
In total we are proud that we collected over 4000 items, in 102 full crates that weighed 1564KG (almost 2 tonnes), this food will towards feeding over 900 families in the local area.
Luke Pick, Head of Engagement said “I am always blown away by people who do generous things, I think the world becomes a better place each time people perform an act of kindness, it’s one of the best parts about being at Totemic.”