Chichester residents donate 300 Easter eggs to children in crisis

Spirit FM presenter Ian Crouch along with volunteers at Bognor foodbank who are benefitting from the radio stations Easter egg appeal.
Spirit FM presenter Ian Crouch along with volunteers at Bognor foodbank who are benefitting from the radio stations Easter egg appeal.

Chichester District Foodbank has said a big thanks to the generous public for helping local children in crisis have a happier Easter.

More than 300 Easter eggs were delivered to the foodbank, helping to bring hope and a treat to children whose families were referred there over the weekend.

The foodbank has said thanks to Spirit FM for organising the collection and the generous donations from local people.

Joanne Kondabeka, foodbank project manager, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who donated Easter eggs to the foodbank – your generous donations meant that we were able to give an Easter egg to children who needed our help in the run up to Easter this year, and to their parents too.

“Easter is a time of hope. People tell us that the foodbank gave them hope: hope that there are people that care, hope that things will soon start to look up.

“Last year alone, 812 local children were fed through emergency food parcels being given to their families who were in crisis. Week in, week out at the foodbank we’re seeing families from across Chichester District who have hit crisis – we’re here not only to give emergency food, but also to sit and chat over a cup of tea, bringing some light when people hit rock bottom.

“The community is fantastic in supporting our work to help local people facing hunger.

“We know that without your help this Easter, there would have been families who would have struggled to put food on the table on Easter day, and children across Chichester District who wouldn’t have received an Easter egg, because money is just too tight for their family.

“Thank you so much for your donations – we have seen some happy, smiling children this week and very grateful parents thanks to your kindness.”

Going forwards, the foodbank is always grateful for donations of food and are currently most in need of:

Smash; Tinned meat; sponge puddings; Fruit juice; UHT milk; sugar; coffee; Toiletries; Household items.

These can be donated at St John’s Hall, St John’s Street, Chichester, PO19 1UR on Monday 2-4pm or Wednesday 10am - 12pm.

Joanne Kondabeka can be reached on info@chichesterdistrict.foodbank.org.uk or 01243 773687

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