September and October is an incredible time if you’re involved with the local Reigate charity, Loveworks. The local social needs charity inspires community spirit through volunteering and supports a food poverty project; running three food banks across Reigate and Merstham.
This year, the charity linked up with many schools and colleges to encourage pupils and their parents to get on board with a food collection as part of Harvest Festival and were delighted to have overwhelming support from 10 local schools across Merstham, Redhill & Reigate take part.
As well as Harvest, Loveworks also benefited from local Halloween Event, Pillage the Village for the 3rd consecutive year. An annual halloween event organised by, Root & Prosper. The idea was simple, a small food donation for people living in food crisis and in return, the charity gave trick or treat bags to children so that they could collect treats from participating shops and restaurants in Reigate town centre.
The combined events have resulted in more than 3,500 food items – 98 more families can now access a three day emergency supply of food when in crisis. The shelves are full once more which is absolutely fantastic as every year we do see a surge in people asking for help during the cold winter months when struggling with high fuel costs to heat their homes.
Cash donations resulted in a whopping £428, converting that to help for 35 children and 19 Adults to access a three day emergency crisis food pack.
Thanks to everyone involved in our local community – you are all incredibly generous! Your support is helping people living in our community feel loved and supported. Please read Jason’s story to hear how the Loveworks food bank helped him when going through a difficult time.