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Derwent Living to give Derby food bank a boost

Created on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
by Kathryn Shaw

With Christmas just around the corner, staff at a Derby housing provider are making a real difference by giving a boost to a local food bank.

Derwent Living collected more than 200 items including tinned fruit and vegetables, tea and long life milk, which it donated to the Hope Centre. The food was hand delivered by chief executive Peter McCormack on Monday 24th November.

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Paul Brookhouse, director of community development at the Hope Centre with Derwent Living’s chief executive Peter McCormack.

Part of Derby City Church, the centre opens twice a week to provide support to some of the city’s most vulnerable people through its food bank, offering food parcels as well as somewhere to sit, chat and get a hot drink at weekly drop-in sessions.

Peter said: “The Hope Centre and its volunteers carry out hugely worthwhile work in the city of Derby and we are delighted to be able to support them with this through our donations, and allow them to help even more of those people who need it the most.

“Our colleagues have been extremely generous and it is my pleasure to be able to personally deliver their contributions and to find out more about the centre and its volunteers.”

The Hope Centre fed nearly 5,000 people during 2013 through its food bank project, an increase from just over 1,000 when in first opened in 2011. Director of community development at the centre, Paul Brookhouse said that donations such as this are essential to the food bank.

The Hope Centre relies on volunteers and donations to keep going

The Hope Centre relies on volunteers and donations to keep going

He said: “More and more people are coming to the centre each and every year and, were it not for generous donations from organisations such as Derwent Living, we would not be able to send as many away with these essential food parcels.

“There are a huge number of reasons why people come and visit us – redundancy, bereavement, relationship breakdowns, debt problems, substance dependency, unwarranted sanctions and so many more. Last year we gave away a total of 2,395 food parcels, which amounts to more than 14,000 meals.

“Our team of dedicated volunteers – as well as donations – help us to keep the food bank opening each week, and for that we are extremely grateful. We are always keen to hear from people who feel that they might be able to support us in some way.”

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