Epsom and Ewell Foodbank receives donation from Nescot

Nov 09, 2015

Epsom and Ewell Foodbank receives donation from Nescot

Nescot’s Preparation for Life and Work department handed over a donation of £110 to Epsom and Ewell Foodbank on Monday (November 9).

Jonathan Lees, who founded the charity, visited the college and met the staff and students who raised the money through a soup kitchen at Seasons Café.

“We’re really grateful for the donation, which will mean we can help even more people this winter,” he said.

“Christmas is a particularly difficult time to be hungry and struggling for basic supplies like soap and laundry powder, and we’re currently seeing an increasing number of people coming to us for help.”

Students on the Transition into Employment course raised the money with a soup kitchen at Seasons Café on October 19, timed to coincide with World Food Day three days previously.

Tutor Natasha Persad said: “I’m really proud of how hard the students worked on the soup kitchen, and we’re all grateful to everyone at Nescot who supported us.

“Epsom and Ewell Foodbank is an amazing charity that does so much to support people in crisis, so we’re really glad to be able to help in any way we can.”

Seasons Café is now open for business from 12-1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, serving home-made soups and cakes.

The Epsom and Ewell Foodbank was opened in October 2012. In the three years since, it has given more than 59,000 meals to 6,830 people and given out more than 82 tonnes of food.

It has five distribution centres, and as well as providing hot meals and emergency rations it offers courses on budgeting and healthy eating.

The foodbank is asking for donations of gift-wrapped Christmas presents, labelled by gender and approximate age range, as well as donations of food and personal care items.

The charity is asking for washing up liquid, UHT milk and milk powder, washing tablets or powder, deodorant and shaving foam.

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