Harwich Haven Authority supports the Harwich Community Foodbank with a £3,500 donation

In these challenging times we will once again be supporting the Harwich Community Foodbank through our charitable giving programme as we did earlier this year as lockdown began.

The foodbank has seen visits from those in need triple over recent months as more and more people have become affected by the pandemic. The group has also, due to Covid-19 restrictions, been operating with less volunteers.

This Christmas we will be funding hampers and presents for people living in Harwich and Dovercourt who need support. Each recipient will receive ingredients for a slap-up lunch, chocolates, electricity vouchers and other essentials such as nappies, toiletries and washing powder. Everyone will also receive personalised Christmas presents thoughtfully chosen by the foodbank’s volunteers.

Harwich Community Foodbank Manager Lami Breader, commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Harwich Haven Authority as this very difficult time… the funding will definitely ensure that we ease the pressure of Christmas for many families living in both Harwich and Dovercourt. Most importantly we know that the hampers and presents will put the smile back on many children’s faces.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community who has continued to support us by regularly donating items. We really couldn’t do it without you.

‘Special thanks goes to the Harwich branch of Morrisons who has given, and supported us, so much this year. Extra special thanks also go to Cally who is Morrisons community liaison lead who has been an absolute star.”

The Authority’s donation over the Christmas period will also enable the foodbank to save their funds for the financially bleak months of January and February. The hampers and gifts will be distributed on 23 December.

Picture caption: Harwich Community Foodbank manager Lami Breader (second right) and her volunteers ready to ensure all members of our community have a great Christmas.