Published on: Friday, 6 October 2023
Last updated: Friday, 6 October 2023
Staff at train operator, Greater Anglia, have launched an appeal to help people in food crisis this winter.
They will be collecting for Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow food banks from Monday 9 October for eight weeks until Sunday 10 December, with donations planned to be delivered shortly afterwards.
Food can be dropped off at Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow Mill, Harlow Town, Sawbridgeworth, and Stansted Mountfitchet railway stations.
A full list of what is urgently required will be on display at the stations, but donations can include all non-perishable foods, toiletries, baby supplies, feminine products, and household items.
The collection has been organised by Greater Anglia relief ticket office clerk, Michael King, who is based at Sawbridgeworth and Stansted Mountfitchet.
Michael King, Ticket Office Clerk, Greater Anglia, said:
"Our local food banks are incredible and make such a difference to those that need them around the towns we serve.
“This scheme ran last year, and our customers and staff gave almost 1,000 meals’ worth of food in the end.
“The cost-of-living crisis is still very much real, so I decided to extend the scheme by two weeks in 2023. I can’t wait to see what the total will be this year.”
Greater Anglia’s customer and community engagement manager, Alan Neville, said:
“We do not think that anyone in our community should have to face going hungry and we are therefore pleased to support the Bishop Stortford and Harlow foodbanks.
“This brilliant collection has been organised by Michael, and we hope that it will make a real difference to those most in need.”