8 Dec, 2021
As we come to the end of another challenging year, we’ve been overwhelmed once again by the response we’ve received to our Bingo Box campaign, helping to feed families in crisis this Christmas.
Over the past five years, the need for foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s UK network has increased by a whopping 128%, with the main drivers being problems in the benefits system, challenging life experiences and lack of support. With Universal Credit claimants seeing their payments reduced by £20 a week, rising energy costs and the end of the furlough scheme, unprecedented pressure on Foodbanks are to be expected over the coming months.
Last year, the Foodbanks distributed a record breaking 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis, a 33% increase on the previous year. Nearly 1 million of these went to children.
Our Bingo Box challenge aims to help relieve some of this pressure, asking individuals and businesses to complete a bingo sheet of essential items, to help feed families at Christmas. The pandemic has made this more difficult than in previous years so, as with last year, we adapted the challenge, offering the option of donating cash too.
Once again, despite the pressure we have all been feeling these past couple of years, we received such a great response, smashing last year’s record of 50 boxes.
This year, over 30 participants took part, donating approximately 46 physical boxes as well as over £500 in cash donations. At roughly £25 per box, this brings our overall total to just over 60 Bingo Boxes, which is amazing. All cash donations will be donated to our own local Foodbank, Worcester.
Managing Director, Jennifer Appleton comments: “We have been supporting Worcester Foodbank ourselves for a number of years now. Knowing the extra pressure they are facing this year, we had hoped to set a new record which we achieved thanks to the amazing support of our clients and contacts.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in helping us feed more families this Christmas, without your support, that wouldn’t be possible”.
Ruth from Worcester Foodbank adds: “’We are so grateful that ISO Quality Services has chosen to support us again this year through their Bingo Box campaign. We love how they bring together lots of local businesses to help the local community and spread the word about our mission and the work we do in the process.
The volunteers are always overwhelmed by the response and seeing the creatively decorated boxes brings a smile to our faces. This is looking to be our busiest Christmas ever and we just couldn’t do this without the support of local businesses like ISO QSL and their partners”.
If you missed out on completing a Bingo Box but still want to support this great cause, Worcester Foodbank are running their own Christmas Appeal to ensure that no child wakes up to an empty stocking on Christmas Day. You can find out more and donate here: https://worcesterfoodbank.enthuse.com/cf/worcester-foodbank-christmas-appeal.
We would like to thank every company and individual that not only donated but supported our campaign. We’d like to thank the following businesses for participating: Paycare, Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers, Wilcox Matthews, Indegu, Just the Answer, Carie Workman from New Beginning, Worcester Web Studio, Hazelton Mountford, CloudShepherd, HallmarkHulme, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Aspenify, Tom Claridge, Environmental Management and Services, Prime Mix Marketing, Borwell, Penguin Office Supplies, Watercooler World, arrangeMy, SB Print, The Kiln, Cleaning Technique, AMCO, Cube Modular, Spin UK, Ergo Team Hygiene, Justin Farr of JSF Services and Colin Watkins.
In addition, as well as our usual company and team donation from ISO Quality Services, additional donations were made by Directors Peter and Susan Appleton, Client Care Advisor Perry Simpson and Marketing Co-Ordinators, Ina Koski and Jodie Purser.
Thank you once again for your support and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from all the team at ISO Quality Services Limited.
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