Morrisons has launched its £100,000 program targeting holiday hunger across 497 stores including Worthing, with each community champion receiving £150 to fund food for distribution in the community.
Worthing Store Community Champion Joanne Easey chose to donate to The Sid Youth CIC.
She said: “I have awarded The Amazing Sid Youth a voucher to help feed the Amazing Kids through their holiday activities and food program.
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“I’ve worked closely with them for a while and been in bands as well. Seeing the amazing progress they’ve made with some of these youngsters has been amazing and I can’t wait to get started on this. future adventures.”
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Some of the children and leaders went to the cafe at the Worthing store to receive the voucher and were treated to slushies by Joanne.
She said she was proud to be part of the national effort to help families in need and prevent holiday hunger this summer.
Rebecca Singleton, Director of Customers and Community at Morrisons, said: “Supporting local communities is hugely important to us and we know the summer holidays can be a difficult time for families concerned about holiday hunger.
“Schools, community groups and HAF aim to support children with healthy eating in activity clubs during the school holidays, which is why we are donating £100,000 worth of nutritious food to meet to the needs of local clubs across the country to help keep families from going hungry over the holidays this summer.
It’s been a busy past few weeks for Joanne, as she’s also been hosting free school uniform events for the summer, in conjunction with Shout, which runs Worthing Soup Kitchen, and Worthing Food Foundation. She said: “One hundred, if not more, children now have the uniform for September and we are planning another event for August 28 to help as many as possible.
“I am blown away by the generosity of our customers, especially one lady who, after helping her out shopping, came back and spent almost £90 on a uniform to donate.
“Seeing parents in tears because they fear dropping their children out of school is heartbreaking. I’m so glad we were able to help so many people, even if it was a little.
“It’s been a busy but amazing few weeks for the community.”