By Cathy Elelman • 15 November 2019 • 11:00
HOPES: The Diputacion and the Food Bank Foundation hope everyone will make a donation at one of the 216 participating establishments.
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria website
THE provincial government has called on the public to do their bit and contribute to this year’s ‘Grand Collection’ for the Food Bank.
The Diputacion de Almeria is hoping to see residents donate food items at one of the 216 collaborating establishments distributed all over the province on Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23.
Speaking at the presentation of this year’s grand collection, Social Wellbeing deputy Angeles Martinez also put the call out for volunteers to take part in the initiative.
Some 3,500 are needed overall and as it stands a further 500 are required.
The deputy took the opportunity to congratulate the Food Bank Foundation on what is the 20th anniversary of its creation.
“With entities like the Food Bank it is possible to treat a much greater part of society”, the deputy commented, inviting all Almeria residents to “collaborate on this campaign which is still necessary.”
Food Bank President Juan Azorin thanked the Diputacion for its support and repeated the deputy’s request to the public to join in as volunteers.
The foundation Vice-President Manuel Gonzalez added that volunteers were especially needed in Aguadulce, Huercal-Overa and Almería city.
Among the items which are listed as welcome donations are milk, sugar, tinned fish and vegetables and other non-perishable food items.
The donations go to various associations and centres, food kitchens and old-age people’s homes.
Last year, the Almeria Food Bank centre, which is located in Roquetas de Mar, distributed 3,248,534 kilos of items to more than 47,000 people.
The 2018 Grand Collection gathered more than 300,000 kilos of food and the hope is that this year total donations will be even higher.
To find out more about becoming a Food Bank Grand Collection volunteer call 950 178 711 or 950 345 947, or email [email protected]
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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