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Council Staff Give Generously To Poole Food Bank

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Cllr Judy Butt with council staff and Food Bank donations

Generous staff and councillors at Borough of Poole have donated hundreds of tins of food and other items to the Poole Food Bank

To mark Inter Faith Week, Borough of Poole was asked by members of the Jewish community to get involved in Mitzvah Day. Council staff and councillors brought in cans of food, cereal, tea, coffee, sugar, and lots of other items in support of the charity which provides food parcels to local people in genuine need.  One employee auctioned a painting, raising £40, that was handed over with the food collection to Poole’s Food Bank on 19 November.

It’s the third time the council has taken part in this international day of social action led by the Jewish community. Based on the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedek (righteousness) and gemilut chassadim (acts of loving kindness), Mitzah Day asks people of whatever background to devote time to helping others.

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities, Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "I'd like to thank everyone at the council who has given so generously in support of such a worthwhile local cause. It goes to show just what can be achieved when we all pull together to help one another.

"Unfortunately in the current economic climate, more and more people in Poole are in genuine need of a Food Bank emergency parcel, which contains enough food for three days. The Food Bank can also provide a listening ear for people to talk about their problems and identify possible sources of help. This can be enough to encourage people to find a way out of their difficult situation."

Poole Food Bank is open Tuesday to Friday but donations can also be made by arrangement at other times. Find out more about Poole Food Bank or tel 01202 669566.