27th Oct, 2016

Business chipping in to help town foodbank

Evesham Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A VALE fish and chip shop is hoping to cook up vital resources for the town’s food bank with a charitable social media campaign.

Hampton Chippy has served up a tasty offer with a ‘Pound for a Like’ Facebook scheme which will see a pound of potatoes donated to Evesham’s food bank for every ‘like’ the page receives.

Tom Jones, manager of the Peewit Road store, told The Observer the spuds would be handed over in 55 pound sacks – for

every 50 likes they get – with another extra bag at 1,000 likes.

The kind-hearted boss has also pledged to donate a bag every month no matter what the response to the scheme.

“We are in a food business and it just seems to me there is a lot of people in need out there.” he said.

“The food bank in Evesham does a good job and they are always looking for support and donations so I thought this way we can help them.

“We are better off than a lot of people out there and we get a lot of support with our local customers so it is just one way of giving something back in a small way.”

Local charity Caring Hands in the Vale runs the food bank at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and offers food parcels as well as toiletry packs, bedding, clothing and blankets.

The Caring Hands Diner, also based at the Bewdley Street site, also gives away a free hot meal twice a week.

Diane Bennett, community worker for the centre, said: “We are very grateful for the generosity, it is very kind of local companies to support us, particularly in the current environment.

“Apart from the food bank we also do our drop-in meals so we do use quite a lot of potatoes so it is always an item we are grateful for, but we are grateful for all the donations we receive.

“We have always had a lot of support from the local community, which we have always been grateful for, but we have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity over the last few months. It has been overwhelming.

Visit www.facebook.com/HamptonChippy on Facebook to like the page and help donate a pound of potatoes.