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Another success story for Food Festival Drop-off and Go Event

visitor economy 02/12/2021

With donations coming from as far as Wrenbury and Sandbach.

Despite the bitterly cold wind, the Food Festival’s Drop-off and Go collection of donations for Nantwich Foodbank clients went well, with donations coming from throughout Nantwich and as far afield as Wrenbury and Sandbach.

The hard working team of Festival Volunteers saw a steady stream of locals dropping off their generous donations on what was a very busy Saturday, thanks to Brine Leas School allowing the use of their car park. Brine Leas also brought along their own collection of goodies, kindly donated by their staff.

Nantwich Town Council was well represented thanks to Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Peter Groves and his wife, Carol, and Councillor Andrew Martin all lending a hand.

Over 140 crates of food, and many bags of gifts were donated, an impressive tally that means Foodbank clients will have a better than usual Christmas. This just showed us that, as always, the people of Nantwich and surrounding area support those in need. To quote one of the Festival team “We were blown away by the generosity of local people; It was also pleasing to see many people were generous enough to provide the complete contents of the reverse advent calendar.”

The whole team from helped to collect and sort donations, then load them into the food bank vehicle for transporting to the Nantwich Foodbank Store to prepare for allocation to individual families.

Emily Vaughan, Foodbank Store Manager was clearly delighted when she told us:

““We have now weighed in all the crates, and I am delighted to say that an incredible 2.3 tonnes of donations were collected. What a fantastic result.” 

“The generosity of our supporters never ceases to amaze us. These gifts from one neighbour to another are evidence of the goodwill that exists within our local community. It is humbling to see and be a part of it all.”

“Nantwich Food bank would like to thank everyone who braved the appalling weather to drop off the ‘Reverse Advent’ donations which will allow us to deliver emergency food & festive goodies to the most vulnerable household in our area.” 

Maureen Coulter, who organised the event on behalf of the Food Festival says “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the day, and wish to thank all those who donated produce. The assistance from the local media and Cat FM Community Radio has been essential in publicising this event, and we thank them sincerely. Without their support we are confident that this would not have been the great success that it was.

“We are pleased that we could collectively support another essential local organisation, and are delighted that Nantwich Foodbank clients will benefit from the generosity of local people”