Food parcels switch to bags for life in Brighton

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With more than 300 food parcels being delivered each week in Brighton, a local family support service has swapped single use carrier bags for bags for life thanks to a donation from a local co-operative.

Since the start of the pandemic, Tarner Children’s Centre has been a main hub for distributing food parcels across the city of Brighton and Hove, including Portslade and Hangleton, to ensure families with young children continue to access essential food supplies.

Each week, they currently deliver three food parcels to between 130 and 150 families with children under five years old but, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, they had to source new ways to deliver the food parcels which avoided cross handling. 

Colleague’s at Southern Co-op’s branch in Western Road were only too happy to help and donated 2,500 bags for life. The reusable bags from The Co-operative Food store can be used by the families for years to come and are manufactured from 80% recycled packaging plastic.

Angela Bantock, Centre Manager at Tarner Children’s Centre which is run by Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “We currently deliver food parcels to around 150 local families with children under five years old. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we’ve had to find new ways of doing this.

“The re-usable bags the Co-op has given us are a godsend. They will also be helping local families for years to come.

“We’re really grateful to Southern Co-op for its support.”

The bag for life donation was made as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme which aims to create greener, safer, healthier or more inclusive neighbourhoods.

To find out more, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/love-your-neighbourhood/.