United Kingdom,
20
August
2018
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11:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Kind-hearted Bupa UK employees donate over a thousand meals

Summary

The equivalent of more than 1,500 meals – enough to feed a family of four for four months - has been donated to a local foodbank by Bupa UK.

Employees at Bupa UK’s Manchester offices have been collecting food items for the last two weeks as part of Hits Radio’s ‘Fill the Foodbanks’ appeal.

More than 250kg of food were donated, which equates to more than 820 meals. Bupa UK has match funded employee donations increasing the total amount donated to Manchester South Central Foodbank to the equivalent of 1,548 meals.

Wayne Close, Managing Director for Bupa UK Health Services, said: “The ‘Fill the Foodbanks’ appeal is a really important cause, so as a major employer in the area we wanted to help. Our colleagues have been donating items in our Salford office, through their hard work we’ve collected over 250kg of food which equates to 822 meals. After Bupa matched the donation, it comes to a total of more than 1,500 meals – enough to provide food for a family of four for four months. On top of this, colleagues that aren’t based in the office but wanted to show their support have been raising money online.”

Laura Washington, Member Service Advisor for Bupa UK Insurance, took her two step-daughters, Abigail, 9, and Amelia, 6, to a supermarket to purchase donations for the appeal.

She said: “We always support the local foodbanks, especially at Christmas and any other times supplies are running low because we know not everyone is as lucky as us and it’s awful to think that others are going hungry. We want to help.”

The donations were delivered to Manchester South Central Foodbank last week and will now be packed into boxes ready to be given out to people in need.

Karen Harrison, Project Manager at Manchester South Central Foodbank, said: “We’re very grateful to everyone at Bupa who in total have donated 650kgs of food to support the foodbanks in Manchester. Summer is one of our busiest times as lots of families really struggle to provide extra meals for their children whilst they’re out of school, so the contribution from the Bupa team will make a big difference, helping us to provide a massive 1,548 meals to those who need them most. We’re really looking forward to working more with Bupa in future to help prevent people going hungry in Manchester.”

Across the UK three million children are at risk of suffering from hunger in the school summer holidays. The loss of a free school meal during the holidays can cost a family an extra £30 per child a week. During the six weeks’ summer break it’s estimated that a young person can lose half a stone if their parents can’t afford to feed them.

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