13 April 2018

Saffron supports Haverhill Foodbank

Saffron Building Society is supporting Reach Community Projects, the Haverhill based charity helping local people in crisis by donating a £2000 contribution to the charity’s foodbank. The donation will support the costs of running the foodbank.

In October this year the foodbank reaches its 10th anniversary marking a decade of providing emergency food packages to those in need in Haverhill and the surrounding areas.

Saffron Building Society supports Reach Community Projects.

(left to right): Ann Allen, Henry Wilson, Colin Field & Claire Hunnable.

Reach also provides a wide range of community services for those in poverty including debt counselling and support for job centre visits. The provision of these essential services relies on a smooth running operation to provide support when it’s needed so the role of the foodbank co-ordinator is pivotal to its work.

Henry Wilson, Reach’s Project Director said: “This is a fantastic boost to the foodbank project and makes a huge difference to the task of tackling poverty locally. Sadly we are seeing an increase in the numbers of people fed by the foodbank, especially families and we don’t see it ending anytime soon. This donation of £2000 is very welcome and an encouragement to the team.”

Matt Garnham, Saffron’s Haverhill Branch Manager said: “Every year Saffron’s Community Fund provides donations to local good causes – support from a local business supporting local people. We’re absolutely delighted that Reach’s foodbank is one of the 2018 beneficiaries.”

Over the past year Reach’s foodbank in Haverhill has given out 791 food boxes feeding 1461 people (631 boxes and 997 people for the same period last year). They have received 14,523kg of food in and given away 16,954kg. The main reasons for receiving a food box are: benefit related 43%¬; debt 13% and low income 15%.

Further details about Reach Community Projects can be found at: www.reachhaverhill.org.uk.

Find out more about Saffron Building Society’s wider charity work and its Community Fund.