Throughout 2019, the shopping destination has collected money and food donations for the MK Food Bank. This included a campaign over Christmas called the Festive Food Drop, that alone raised £783 in cash and even more in food donations from shoppers at the centre.
Both the MK Food Bank and intu Milton Keynes are extremely grateful for the donations that were received from the local community last year, which was increased further by intu’s £5000 donation, providing the MK Food Bank with a grand total of over £8000 last year.
In addition to the funds raised, local volunteers and the team at intu Milton Keynes contributed 89 hours to help pack food parcels, support with food distribution and provide general donation support in the warehouse for MK Food Bank in 2019.
Caitlin Hands, Partnerships Manager at MK Food Bank, commented: “We have felt privileged to have been chosen as the charity of the year for 2019 at intu Milton Keynes. Our year together has been full of highlights including regular vortex collections and employee volunteering days at our warehouse. Receiving over £8,000 from intu Milton Keynes has made a big difference to our capacity to operate and finish the year financially healthy. Along the way we have made some good friends at intu and will look to continue our good relations over the coming years. Thank you all so much!”
Shelley Peppard, general manager of intu Milton Keynes, said: “Our strong relationships with the local community and charities such as MK Food Bank enable us to bring about positive change. We are delighted that we have been able to help and that there has been a good impact on the local community and people who need the support.”
The Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food and money from the community, as well as the support of its local volunteers.