Morrisons launches parcels that you can buy and donate to food banks

The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for many, with food banks reporting an increase in people turning to them for help feeding their families.

If you want to help but aren’t sure what items to donate, we’ve got great news.

Morrisons has just launched a food parcel intended for customers to buy and donate to those in need.

The so-called ‘Pick Up Packs’ cost between £1 to £3 and contain a mixture of goods which have been specifically requested by local food banks in the area, such as long-life items including rice and pasta.

You simply pay for it at the checkout and then tell the person behind the till that you would like to donate the parcel, which will then be collected by volunteers from various organisations – easy, peasy, done.

Morrisons new project was put together by one of its employees, Michelle Leary from Basingstoke, who noticed that many customers wanted to help vulnerable people in society but didn’t know what to provide.

The idea was trialled in a few stores with successful results and will now be rolled out across the country.

‘The UK’s food banks are a lifeline for the most vulnerable in our communities and these parcels are an easy way to donate to them,’ said Rebecca Singleton, community director at Morrisons.

‘At Morrisons, we want to play our full part in feeding the nation and ensure nobody gets left behind.’

Additionally, the supermarket has also partnered up with the Trussell Trust, the organisation working to stop hunger in the UK, to release an online donating mechanism, with the goods going directly to the charity.

Customers can buy a £10 voucher on the Food Boxes section on the Morrisons website, and these will then be sent to a local food bank of their choice.

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