Over the last few weeks, the team at Kenny Waste Management have shown incredible generosity for our 2022 food bank collection. As with last year’s collection, we have engaged with our charity partner, Salford Foundation, to ensure that donated items are all distributed to those who need them in our local communities.
In keeping with previous collections, Kenny Waste Management matched donations from staff. Our amazing team donated 295 items in total, which the business matched at £1 per item. Kenny Waste Management also put forward an additional £130, which meant we were able to donate more expensive items such as blankets, hats, and gloves as part of Salford Foundation’s Warm Homes Campaign.
The cost of living crisis has put additional strain on families and individuals. Food bank usage is on the rise, and food banks are increasingly under pressure to meet the demand.
With energy bills skyrocketing, many people are once again facing the choice between eating and heating this Christmas. On top of that, food poverty does not exist in a vacuum, and it is exacerbated by other circumstances that make people vulnerable.
The team at Salford Foundation have been helping people create better futures in Salford and Greater Manchester for over 30 years. They put people at the heart of everything they do, providing opportunities, resources, and relationships to support those in challenging circumstances.
We spoke to their team to ensure the items we donated would have a real impact. Their Women’s Services include support for survivors of domestic abuse, ex-offenders, and other groups experiencing complex social challenges. The men who benefit from activities and workshops sometimes forego toiletries and self-care in order to provide food and essentials for their families. Ex-offenders in particular really benefit from the centre, Salford Foundation’s activities, and hot meals provided by the team.
Our staff have been moved by a range of issues faced by families and individuals in our communities, and we are proud of what we have achieved together to support and empower local people.
Diane Driscoll, Project Lead at Salford Foundation, told us:
“Our beneficiaries and their families will benefit greatly at Christmas due to the huge generosity of the staff at Kenny waste management, a huge thank you from Salford Foundation.”
Tracey McMullan, our new Social Value Manager who helped to coordinate the project, commented:
“What a great introduction to the team. I am absolutely blown away to see so many individuals throughout the business offer their support to make these Christmas holidays a less challenging time of year for those who are already struggling. We want to create a future where food banks are no longer necessary, but the current reality is that many households in our communities are unable to put food on the table.
Thank you to Salford Foundation for facilitating the distribution of items to those who need them, as well as providing our staff with a useful list of items to donate. Nobody should have to make the choice between heating and eating.”
We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in collaboration with Salford Foundation. If you’d like to learn more about our past projects, you can visit our blog newsfeed.
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