Thanks to their members and customers, the East of England Co-op were very pleased to present Families in Need (FIND) with over £1,300.
East of England Co-op colleagues from across Ipswich held collections and raffles, helping to raise over £800, whilst the retailers Community Token Scheme added a further £500 to the total.
As well as the monetary donation, the East of England Co-op has donated a walk-in freezer, whilst their events and conference team at Wherstead Park donated almost £900 of food.
Nick Denny, Joint Chief Executive for the East of England Co-op, said: “A big thank you to our colleagues, members and customers who really got behind the fundraising. We’ve been pleased to support FIND for a number of years and look forward to continuing to work with Maureen and the volunteers at FIND to support them with the fantastic work they do for our communities.”
To help with the set-up of the new food bank, the East of England Co-op will also be donating fixtures and fittings, as well as labour in-kind.
Maureen Reynel MBE, Founder and Chair of FIND, said: ”East of England Co-op is one of our most loyal and generous long term supporters of FIND and it’s incredible that their customers and colleagues have raised over £1,300 in the stores through collections, raffles and the token scheme. The promise of fixtures, fittings and practical support with setting up the new food bank next year will really help us to fulfil our ambitions.”
The East of England Co-op support FIND all year round, encouraging members and customer to donate food and sanitary items with collection points across their Ipswich stores. To find out more, visit www.eastofengland.coop/foodbanks