Foodbank gets 2000kg of donations from generous shoppers

MLA Trevor Lunn with Lisburn Foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff.
MLA Trevor Lunn with Lisburn Foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff.

An incredible 2000kg of food was donated for Lisburn Foodbank during their ninth food collection held last week.

The foodbank hosted their food collection at Lisburn’s two Tesco stores to ensure local families who need support, have food this festive season.

Foodbank Co-Ordinator Kathryn Millar said: “It’s easy to make a difference. We will do all we can to provide emergency support so local families hit by something unavoidable, like illness, redundancy or a boiler breaking, don’t go hungry this Christmas. However, to make sure we’re fully stocked ahead of our busiest month of the year, we need support from the community.”

Alliance Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn outlined the important lifeline that foodbanks can provide, he said: “It is a sad fact that one growth area in recent years has been the increasing number of foodbanks across Northern Ireland. For a variety of reasons people find themselves unable to provide enough food for their family and need to rely on the generosity of others.

“Our welfare system is undergoing huge change and it is likely family finances will be squeezed further. I would thank the Trussell Trust, Tesco and its staff for this initiative to stock up the shelves of the Lisburn foodbank in the run up to Christmas. Tesco customers have been very generous by buying one or two additional items to ensure those who are less well off can have an enjoyable Christmas and that generosity should be acknowledged.”