Co-op backs Isle of Wight Foodbank

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Co-op backs Isle of Wight Foodbank

Left to Right: Hannah King, Isle of Wight Foodbank project manager, Co-operative Group area manager Colin Hayward, area manager Gavin Hallam, sector manager Sandy Taskas and team leader Dave Harry, Mill Hill Road store manager Paul Helyer.

THE Isle of Wight Foodbank has teamed up with The Co-op to make it easier for people to donate to the charity.

Fifteen new collection points have opened at Southern Co-operative and Co-operative Group supermarkets and at funeralcare branches around the Island.

It is hoped the move will encourage more people to donate items to the foodbank, which is more in demand than ever. The charity has helped 6,241 people over the past year, compared with 4,018 the previous year.

Project manager Hannah King said: "Having organisations such as The Co-op on board, supporting our work in this way, is fundamental to the success of our being able to keep up with the demand we face."

Southern Co-operative area manager Gavin Hallam said: "Our customers are always so supportive of our community work and fundraising, and we appreciate their generosity with donations of packet, dried or tinned foods to help those in real need. Having more collection points also helps to publicise the scheme for those who need its help."

Last year the Co-op donated £12,500 for a new collection van.

Mike Partridge, of the Trussell Trust, the charity that runs the foodbank, said: "It's partnerships like this that ensure local communities are equipped to help their hungry neighbours. One in five UK mums are skipping meals to feed their children and rising living costs mean more families are struggling than ever. Over the last six months we have seen the demand for foodbanks triple."

The new collection points have been installed at stores in Cowes, Freshwater, Lake, Ryde, Shanklin and Newport, and funeralcare branches in Sandown, Newport, Ryde, Freshwater, Shanklin and East Cowes.

The foodbank has asked for dried, tinned or packet food including cereals, tea and coffee, rice and pasta, tinned meat and fish, pasta sauces, tinned tomatoes, fruit and sponge pudding, UHT milk, biscuits and snack bars.


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by john harrington

27th March 2014, at 12:03:42

thank you james, The important point is that the Co-operative socities are making a positive effort to support local peopl in need and they and their members have donated Thousands of pounds to the charity. The sector managers by the way elliot, work for the charity not the Co-ops.
The Southern Co-operative Society is a locally owned by the people of the Isle of wight and southern England. The Co-operative Group is a national Co-operative Society also democratically owned by its members.
In both case they pay all taxes due in the UK (unlike many other retailers) and all their profits are returned to local members and communities. Last year Southern Co-op paid a dividend to members of 2p in the pound and gave the staff four weeks pay as an annual bonus, payments to local charities were over £400,000. The Co-operative group gave £18 million to charities nationally.

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by Dave James

27th March 2014, at 11:10:50

Stephen Elliot, The Coop Group and The Southern Coop are two separate companies, that's why there are so many managers. The story is about food banks not who is paid what at your local Coop and joke job titles. Its a shame you couldn't grasp the point of this story. Two separate Coops, two area managers? I can't see a problem with that.
However, back to the subject matter of this story, having had to use a food bank in the past and worked for the Southern Coop in the past, it's nice to see the two team up to help the people on the IOW who have fallen on hard times and will fall on hard times in the future.A credit to the Southern Coop and its customers.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

27th March 2014, at 09:50:39

A touch of irony there Mike ? If so not clever Bud.

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by Mike Crowe

27th March 2014, at 08:55:38

Yes Tony, a sad reflection. .................................................... that Stephen is correct in ........................... how many cases??????????

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

27th March 2014, at 08:10:59

Sad reflection on the Society we live in today and the poverty gap will only get bigger and yes Stephen and the demand will increase, hope you and yours wont have to visit Foodbanks.

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by Stephen Elliott

27th March 2014, at 00:02:05

Demand will triple...why buy food when you can get it for freeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

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by Stephen Elliott

26th March 2014, at 19:40:08

How many managers?

What a joke I see some immediate savings across the country what's wrong with a Store Manager - Area Manager - Regional Manager - Managing Director?

Some joke titles there especially sector manager. What sector is this because I already see two Area Managers??? Almost like a Cluster manager.

Bet their staff are still paid peanuts so these can get paid generous salaries.

Trim the fat people your managers are costing a lot!

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26th March 2014, at 18:26:31

Perhaps if the CooPs food wasn't so EXPENSIVE more people wouldn't have to USE FOODBANKS and they could buy it instead......

BUT its kind-hearted COSTOMERS that payed for food to be donated to the foodbank BUT shame on the CooP for not adding to it....

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