22nd July 2016
A Food Bank Drive was held at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital this week (18 to 22 July) with staff, patients and relatives bringing in donations for Luton Food Bank.
More than 1,000 items of food were collected by 42 different wards and departments.
The Food Bank Drive was organised by our adult and paediatric safeguarding teams who are able to refer patients to the Luton Food Bank.
Some 6,000 food parcels are given out each year to Luton residents by the Bank, but the Bank struggles to meet increased demand during the summer holidays when children are not at school. So the team decided to hold a Food Bank Drive at the start of the summer holidays to help build up stocks.
Toni Marie Doherty, Adult Safeguarding Lead, said: “We knew our staff, patients and their families would respond well to our drive, but they have surpassed our wildest expectations and I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated food. The response has been truly phenomenal.”
She continued: “I would also like to say a big thank you to Sainsbury’s in Bramingham who collected food donations from their customers on our behalf during the week.”
The team hopes to hold another Food Bank Drive in the run-up to the Christmas holidays. For more information on how you can help click here.