Rock Power Connections Swap Secret Santa To Support Local Food Bank

This Christmas, the Rock Power Connections team have opted to support members of the local community, by swapping the traditional office Secret Santa for donations to Worcester’s Food Bank.


Located close to Rock Power Connections’ Headquarters on Lowesmoor Wharf, Worcester’s Food Bank provides people in crisis with emergency 3-day parcels of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food, whilst signposting to further support for those in need.

Dedicated to supporting local and charitable initiatives, 23 members of the Rock Power Connections team have opted to donate to the Worcester Food Bank. This year required a slightly different strategy due to most of the team now being home-based.


Emma Ward, who is the driving force behind the idea explained: "All participating employees are allocated a random food item from the list that the Food Bank publish on their website and social media profiles.This year I used a number generator due to us not being in the office.


Items range from biscuits and Christmas cake to crackers and chutney. We all spend £10 each and buy as much of the item as possible. Colleagues can deliver to the office, or if they are steering clear, they can donate and we will shop for them. We'll box it all up and we will deliver to the Food Bank in Mid December."



GROWING DEMAND


The Food Bank is facing higher demand than ever, feeding over 8,000 in 2019/2020 with more than 1 in 3 being a child. A recent report by the Trussell Trust forecasts a 61% increase in food parcels needed across its UK network in October to December – with six parcels given out every minute.


Coronavirus and subsequent mass unemployment is forcing many households to turn to Food Banks for the first time; a trend not likely to change course over the next year.


To find out more about the Worcester Food Bank and how you can support members of the local community in need, please visit: https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

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