Added: 25 June 2014
Ipswich Building Society supports foodbank collection
Ipswich Building Society is currently supporting food donation banks across its nine different branches to help support those beneath the poverty line.
The Society is working in conjunction with Suffolk FIND, The Chapman Centre, Storehouse Foodbank, REACH Foodbank, East Suffolk Foodbank and Halesworth Community Larder Foodbank.
Paul Winter, Chief Executive of the Society , says: "Many people enjoy a wonderful quality of life in this beautiful county but there are also deep pockets of need. Helping to support our local community is very important to us, and initiatives such as foodbanks directly assist the underprivileged in Suffolk, and those less fortunate than ourselves. If you have anything to spare, please come in and donate. We'd also love to talk to you about what we're doing in your area
If you would like to get involved it is recommended you donate ambient goods that don't have to be stored in the fridge to reduce the risk of going to waste. Examples include: cereals, jam, peanut butter, tinned goods, pasta, crackers, rice, crisps, milk powder, dried fruit and nuts. You can also consider donating basic toiletries including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and shower gel.
Branches participating include Ipswich (Tower Ramparts and Ravenswood), Hadleigh, Woodbridge, Sudbury, Haverhill, Aldeburgh, Halesworth, Saxmundham. The foodbanks will be on these sites until the end of July with donations going directly to the nearest food bank partner.
Key activity for Ipswich this year has also included; increasing levels of financial literacy for primary school children through the Money Days school programme; launching the free app 'My Puppy: Maths and Money; and tackling levels of homelessness in the East of England through work with charity partners to challenge preconceptions and raise awareness of the issue.