New drop-off point for ‘Tiser campaign

Arena Foodbank: Sarah Jane Green project manager and advisor Kay Matharu.
Arena Foodbank: Sarah Jane Green project manager and advisor Kay Matharu.

Ilkeston’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau is the latest location to throw its support behind the ‘Tiser’s Feed Our Families campaign.

Staff at the service based in the Albion Leisure Centre have service have offered to act as a drop-off point for food donations as part of the initiative.

The paper has linked up with the food bank run by the Arena in a bid to help families who are battling against the breadline in the run-up to Christmas.

Sarah-Jane Green, Improving Services Together project officer at the bureau, said: “We already work really closely with the Arena and we see first hand the excellent work they do.

“It’s a shame that it has to exist but it does and it is a much needed service.

“Over the last year or so we’ve been referring more and more people for food parcels.

“The cost of living is rising drastically and wages are not which is putting huge pressure on families.”

The ‘Tiser launched the campaign two weeks ago and has already received donations.

With the Arena Church Community Food Bank handing out more food parcels than ever, it needs donations to continue supporting struggling families.

People can donate tinned food, pasta, rice, pasta sauces, cereal and any non-perishable foods at the Advertiser office on Heanor Road, Ilkeston Library on the Market Place and now the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

The centre is open to the public between 10am and 2pm daily.

Sarah-Jane added: “As well as centre users we will be encouraing staff and volunteers to get involved.

“We have 136 volunteers on the books who all know how important the food bank can be so hopefully their donations will make a big difference.”

Editor Martin Hutton said: “Thankyou to the advice bureau, but if you can step up to the plate to help our campaign, then get in touch.”

Show your backing by making a donation. If you can provide a drop-off point, call us on 0115 9446160.