Mechline staff were out in force this week supporting the company’s local Milton Keynes food bank branch. Food is certainly close to Mechline Developments’ heart as a manufacturer of products for the foodservice and environmental industries.
The volunteers needed to be wrapped up warm as they spent the day in the warehouse sorting donations into food category boxes. Food is divided into categories – beans, soup, pasta, tinned vegetables etc and then sorted by sell by date and split into packs to be sent out.
Marketing manager Kristian Roberts commented: “We support and are involved in local and national good causes encouraging employees to give their time, effort and skills to enhance the lives of others.
“Our staff were keen to help out and support families who unfortunately have to call upon the use of food banks. Unfortunately we regularly hear in the media about the increased use of food banks, hopefully our help will go some way to helping people in our society who need it the most.’
Mechline also presented the food bank with a £500 donation and provided storage space for tinned goods in its warehouse, which means the food bank has a bit more room to pack up the food parcels.
The manufacturer is one of two local businesses helping MK Food Bank with storage, due to a high volume of donations. The food bank has been going since 2004 and last year created 11,000 food packs.
Debt is the main reason people turn for support from the food bank, and an adult food pack will last for 3 days.
Even in a prosperous new city like Milton Keynes, there are many people living on the edge of poverty. Some areas of Milton Keynes are within 10% of the most deprived areas in England. In one area, the number of people relying on means tested benefits is 50% higher than the national average.
The food bank relies entirely on donations of food and money from local schools, churches, businesses, organisations and individuals. The food bank’s warehouse and serving centres are staffed by volunteers from the local area. Mechline staff were more than happy to get involved to help the food bank and urged other businesses to do likewise in their local areas.