Following the launch of the food bank in Rye on December 4th 2014 Employees at Bournes HQ thought that they might be in a unique position to help.
Bournes Moves move thousands of customers every year who in turn throw away a significant amount of food when they move house. This is usually either because regulations don’t allow the shipment of food internationally or simply because they are clearing out for a move in the UK. We wanted to use our connection with these customers to help turn this waste into something that can really provide a lifeline for those who need one.
What is Bournes doing to help?
Bournes will be encouraging their customers to donate to the food bank and making it really easy for them to do so by collecting the items on move day and delivering them on their behalf.
If a customer has any non-perishable items that have at least 3 months left before their sell-by date then their Bournes crew will happily collect these on move day for delivery into the foodbank.
Alternatively if you aren’t moving but still want to donate you can drop your items in to Bournes Rye Head Office reception any time during office hours (Monday-Fri, 8.30 to 17.30) and we'll be happy to add them to our deliveries.
What is the Rye Food Bank and how does it work?
The food bank in Rye has been set up by the Reverend Simon Earl, supported by an enthusiastic group of people led by Gillian Jarrett and follows food banks opening in Bexhill and Battle under the Trussel Trust umbrella. Read More about the Rye Foodbank here
The Trussell Trust’s UK foodbank network partners with communities nationwide to launch food banks that provide three days of emergency food to men, women and children in crisis.
What is the food bank?
1 in 5 people live in poverty in the UK.
Many families hit crisis and cannot afford food. Today, people are going hungry in their own homes. Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing many families and people from all walks of life to struggle to put food on the table.
Take Charlotte for example, a 21 year old student funding her own way through college who simply couldn't find enough money for food, 22 year old Anne Marie and Danny who needed help after bad timing left them struggling to feed their 18 month old daughter, or Keiran, a 25 year old Afghanistan hero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Trussel Trust’s foodbank network helped all these people, and more. Check out some of the real stories https://www.trusselltrust.org/real-stories
How do food banks work?
What sort of food can be donated?
Typically anything non-perishable with 3 months + on the sell-buy date, however, the Trussel Trust has provided the following shopping list of their most useful items:
- Powdered or UHT milk
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Pasta sausage
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags / instant coffee
- Instant mash potato
- Rice / pasta
- Tinned meat/fish
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- Biscuits and snack bars
How do I donate on move day?
- If you’re doing your own packing load any items for donation in a separate box clearly labelled ‘FOOD BANK DONATION’, if we’re packing for you have a sort through and separate out any items you’d like to donate. Please check items for donation areNon Perishable AND have at least 3 months left before their use by date
- Hand the box or show the items for donation to any member of your crew on move day.
- Your crew will return the items to our depot for sorting and delivery to the local food bank
Bournes and our employees are proud to be supporting this local initiative and hope that our customers will get behind us in supporting this really important cause.