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Generous customers and colleagues at our Bootle store boost local foodbank

August 29, 2018
Asda Bootle community champion Colette with foodbank volunteer Gayle

Here's our Bootle store's community champion Colette Joynson with Gayle Connor-McCreith from South Sefton foodbank on a recent visit to the store to pick up an amazing six full trollies of much-needed food donated by generous colleagues and customers.

Colette's also been volunteering with the group, who work with the Trussell Trust, to help provide food, advice and support for vulnerable people in the area.

Gayle, the foodbank's coordinator, said: "I started with the foodbank two years ago and Colette and Asda have been a great help ever since – they can't do enough for us.

"Every month Colette books us in for an awareness day in store where we talk directly to customers about the sort of things we're short of. It could be jam, rice pudding, tinned tomatoes, coffee or orange juice.

"We've found the awareness days treble our donations because you're speaking to people in person.

"She's also started coming along to help out the volunteers at our centre. Colette helps out all sorts of community causes, not just us, she really goes above and beyond.

"We're a Trussell Trust foodbank and are always talking about the 'More Than Food' programme. We do give food out to people, but we also want to find out why they have come to depend on the foodbank, and signpost them to the relevant agencies so they can get support."

Colette said: "Gayle was in store collecting, and oh my word our customers were so generous, and we were so busy. We also had a lot of great customer feedback on what a brilliant job Asda are doing supporting the foodbank.

"One customer's daughter used her pocket money and bought some noodles, and three generations of one family gave us two bags of groceries. I can't thank them enough."

The Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme is an innovative partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust - find out more here.