Recycling Lives’ Food Redistribution Centre has helped to fill stockings as well as stomachs this Christmas Day.
Staff at the centre donated dozens of gifts to its Community Food Members, on behalf of Recycling Lives, which runs the centre with FareShare.
The presents were a welcome boost to the community groups who work with disadvantaged and vulnerable families across Lancashire, providing free or low-cost meals using goods from the Centre.
Recycling Lives donated the toys following its annual Santa’s Grotto, held for employees and their families every December.
Steve Jackson OBE DL, CEO and founder, said the organisation was pleased to be able to further support organisations working with communities in need.
The presents were gifted to HIS Provision CIC, Ivy Street Community Centre and the Hollin Street Project, who starred in the Food Redistribution Centre’s short film, ‘From Crate to Plate’, as well as Calico in Burnley and Blackburn Youth Zone.
Mr Jackson added:
“It is clear from our film just how important the work of these groups is, so to be ableto help them along the way, and make Christmas day that bit more special, is a privilege for us.”
Project workers Sam Kelly and Michelle Doney collected gifts to give to families at Hollin Street, a homeless charity in Blackburn.
“While our families will have got their children some Christmas presents, they’re not in a position to get them lots and lots so every present helps.”
Hollin Street Project is currently home for ten families, including eight children.
Ms Doney added:
“A lot of the children in our place will have never had, and maybe never will have again, a Christmas like this year’s. Their parents have different priorities and often can’t manage their money. A lot of our residents have to live day-to-day with their finances so can’t plan ahead for Christmas.”
Recycling Lives has run the Food Redistribution Centre, in partnership with FareShare, since October 2015 – serving more than 600,000 meals to date.