Food donation appeal helps those in need this Christmas

22 December 2017

ISLANDERS have been generously donating food to support those in need this Christmas. The Channel Islands Co-operative Society teamed up with local charities, Guernsey Welfare Service and The Salvation Army Guernsey, to collect and donate tinned goods that will be packaged into food parcels and delivered to families over the festive season.

In total, 391 items of food were collected during the food donation appeal, which was held in Grand Marché St Martin and St Sampson at the beginning of December.

‘This year, islanders have been outstandingly generous with their food donations. Guernsey Welfare Service and The Salvation Army Guernsey are absolutely integral to our local communities and it’s been great to work with the charities to help support those in need during what can be a very difficult time of year,’ said Colin Macleod, The Channel Island Co-operative Society’s chief executive officer.

Shopping lists, based on items suggested by the charities, were provided to shoppers at store entrances. The list included items such as pasta, rice, chopped tomatoes, soup, tinned meat and vegetables, tea and coffee. Shelf labels were also placed next to relevant products.

Guernsey Welfare Service and The Salvation Army Guernsey expressed their sincere gratitude for all the food donations received.

‘We are very thankful to the Society for organising the collection of food donations. We will be helping around 250 households this month. Every item of food donated is hugely appreciated by the Guernsey Welfare Service and our clients,’ said Sue Le Friec, Welfare Worker at Guernsey Welfare Service.

Majors of The Salvation Army Guernsey, Jamie and Claire Hill said: ‘On behalf of The Salvation Army Guernsey, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed towards the terrific amount of food donated at the Society’s food collection points. With the donations, we’ve been able create food parcels that will be provided to families and individuals in need this Christmas time.’ 

‘It’s heartening to see the difference that people’s generosity makes and to know that this extra support will brighten the Christmas’ of others.’