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Luton colleagues make a special delivery to the town's food bank

Colleagues from our Luton store made a special visit to the town’s food bank – delivering ten pallets of much-needed supplies.

Amanda delivering the pallets

The essentials, like pasta sauce, noodles and dried rice, were recovered undamaged from the store after it was closed by fire.

Asda Luton’s General Store Manager Mick McCarthy and Community Champion Amanda Burnham helped deliver the supplies to Luton Foodbank, which is based at High Town Enterprise Centre.

Amanda (third left) and Mick (right) with Asda colleagues and food bank volunteers

Mick said: "Before the fire, customers at Asda Luton usually donated over 500 items each week by placing them in the in-store collection box. Due to the store having to close because of the fire, these much-needed donations were under threat.

“We got straight into action and teamed up with neighbouring stores to ensure that the usual supplies were still collected for the food bank, which is a vital part of the community and a cause which we are dedicated to supporting.

“We also worked as a team alongside the fire and rescue service to save as much stock as possible from the store once the site had been made safe for access. Any items which could be rescued and were still safely usable were collated for the food bank so that we are able to present our biggest donation ever – ten pallets of stock.

“We’re proud to help this project via our customers and colleagues and will continue to do so when the store reopens.”

Luton Foodbank volunteers receive the donation

Salma Khan, Project Co-ordinator at Luton Foodbank, said: "We’re very grateful to Asda for the continued donations as supplies are always in high demand.

“As an organisation we provide nutritionally-balanced food parcels and try to support local people, so that they can take steps to overcome the problems that brought them to us in the first place.”

Latest from Asda Luton: Find out what’s been happening after the fire at Asda Luton in this update from General Store Manager Mick McCarthy.

Posted in News & Blogs on 16 May 2017