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Foodbank gifts show Islington residents’ ‘fantastic spirit’

Town Hall donation point where you can help others

07 December, 2018 — By Jessie Mathewson

Cllr Troy Gallagher and Kathy Weston from Islington Food Bank

A FOODBANK donation point has opened at Islington town hall in the run-up to Christmas.

Collection boxes have been in the foyer since Monday, with staff and the public encouraged to donate.

Need is particularly acute this year, with a rise in referrals to foodbanks following the move to universal credit in June. The council made 44 referrals between June and September.

Demand for foodbanks often peaks over the winter months, with December one of the busiest periods.

Councillor Troy Gallagher, who proposed the new donation point, said: “Islington has a fantastic community spirit, and so many generous people. We’re asking our residents if they can help others in their community at an often difficult time of year. Whatever you can give, if you are able to help by donating what you can this will be hugely appreciated and will go a long way in supporting local people who are in need.”

Volunteer Kathy Weston said Islington Foodbank was grateful to council employees and the public for their help during the festive period.

“Their generosity will go directly towards helping people who find themselves in hardship in the local area,” she added.

The town hall donation point, which runs until Monday, December 17, is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am-12.30pm on Saturday.

Those needing to use the foodbank, run by the Trussell Trust, can find out more at https://islington.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/how-to-get-help/

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