Die-Pat Divisions has delivered six large sink boxes full of food to its local food bank, considered to be a ‘lifeline’ to some, as part of its annual Christmas appeal.
This year’s initiative has seen the business providing much needed supplies to its local food bank in Daventry, Northants.
Having visited the Daventry Food Bank headquarters back in October, seeing first-hand the hard work of all the volunteers who ensure the food bank is able to open three times each week, the Die-Pat team chose the Food Bank as the beneficiary of its Christmas 2016 appeal.
All Die-Pat staff, family and friends collected suitable food contributions over the last few months, which the business delivered to the Food Bank, sadly one of the busiest times of the year for the charity. Yesterday alone, the Food Bank received 30 new referrals for food parcels.
Providing as many as 500 meals a week, the Daventry Food Bank is considered to be a vital lifeline for often vulnerable families and individuals in Daventry and the surrounding area, who don’t have the necessary means to feed themselves. Since its inception in 2010, it has helped thousands of people with essential food supplies and, with a reported one in five people in the UK living below the poverty line, this figure looks set to grow further still.
Die-Pat is also working on the production of recipe cards to accompany the food parcels, to provide advice on how to cook healthy meals using the typical contents of a parcel from the Food Bank. As Lucy Gleghorn, Die-Pat’s head of marketing, explained: “This idea came about through one of our team who asked if food bank customers are given any guidance on how to make the best use of the ingredients they are given. We’ve been working alongside some well-known chefs to devise these cards, which will provide wholesome, healthy recipes that are quick and easy to create.”
Gleghorn continued: “As one of the oldest family-run businesses in the area, we feel it’s important to do as much as we can to benefit the local community in which we all work and in which many of us live. The plan is very much for this relationship with the Daventry Food Bank to continue into 2017 and we’re looking forward to developing a more long-term partnership with the charity, to continue to support the excellent work it does for the people of Daventry District.”