Food aid helping families over the summer holidays

Preen are helping families this summer
Preen are helping families this summer

Families across Chronicle Country can feed their children by providing summer food packs from Preen this summer.

Many families went to Preen last Wednesday and chose from foods given by people and organisations in the area and items bought with donated cash.

“When you’re really struggling financially and the children aren’t getting their lunch free at school over the long summer holidays, it can be impossible and this is where we can help,” explained Kathy Lewis, Director of Preen Community Interest Company which funds BFAN.

The food packs comprised of mainly non-perishable items such as pasta, pasta sauces, tinned meat, fish and vegetables, desserts, and thanks to Asda and Sainsbury’s in Biggleswade, families also received biscuits, jam and fruit squash drinks.

“It’s horrible to think that families living in our area are having to rely on food packs to feed their children in this day and age but the fact is, many have no choice,” added Kathy. “Thank you to everybody who gave food or money and to the local schools that helped identify families who most need help.”

One mother said: “I just wanted to say thank you from me and my children, the packs that you have given us today have been overwhelming, the kids are so excited. The food is going to help so much. So again thank you.”

Preen is a Biggleswade Community Interest Company which collects furniture and bulky household items suitable for re-use free of charge, and sells them in its Re-use Centre on Sun Street after safety and function checks.

Low income households can buy used items at discount and profits are used to fund initiatives such as the Bedfordshire Food Aid Network (BFAN).

To help with food aid, please drop off non-perishable food items (not past ‘best before’ date please) and toiletries or cash donations in Preen Reuse Centre or contact Preen on 01767 600332, foodaid@preencic.org and via www.preenreuse.com