Grantham Foodbank has won a major new supporter in its drive to help people in food crisis.
Mars Food UK has announced a year-long commitment to support the voluntary organisation, based in St Catherine’s Road.
Foodbank co-ordinator Brian Hanbury said the ongoing relationship between the international company and the foodbank was “fantastic news”.
It will mean continuing backing from Mars staff, who have already given a big boost to the foodbank as part of a Christmas campaign. Fund-raising volunteers took part in a range of activities to support the Grantham foodbank, along with similar organisations elsewhere in the Midlands.
A team from Mars, in Melton Mowbray, also visited Sainsbury’s supermarket in Grantham and encouraged shoppers to donate food items to the charity. In total, more than half a tonne of vital supplies was collected.
In addition, a group of Mars Food baking volunteers went along to the Jubilee Church Life Centre next door to the foodbank base in Grantham to make seasonal treats, including mince pies and chocolate cookies, for foodbank clients.
And another team of helpers delivered more than £4,000 worth of Mars food products to the organisation, which is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.
Mars Food UK spokesman Angie Phillips said: “We are extremely proud of the commitment from Mars Food employees. It’s great to see them set personal challenges and raise so much money for the Trussell Trust.
“All the volunteers had a great day and we’re delighted that we have been able to give back to our community at a time of year when this is so important.”
Brian Hanbury was delighted to have the support of the Mars volunteers.
He said: “I hope we gave the teams a greater insight into what we are trying to do and that they went away with our vision to support our neighbours further next year.
“It was brilliant working with them and we look forward to doing so further next year.”