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£30k Christmas cash boost for food banks

Food banks across the South East are set to receive their share of a £30,000 cash boost as part of an ongoing partnership between V2 Radio and Southern Water. 

A total of 30 food banks get £1,000 each across the South East 

Food banks across the South East are set to receive their share of a £30,000 cash boost as part of an ongoing partnership between V2 Radio and Southern Water. 

The extra funding comes following the Chichester-based radio station’s ‘Tonnes of Tins’ appeal this year. A total of 12.7 tonnes of canned food were donated to local beneficiaries and distributed to families battling rising food costs.  

Following the campaign’s success, Southern Water pledged an extra £30,000 in donations to thirty different community food banks across the region.  

The beneficiaries of the £1,000 awards include Littlehampton Food Bank, Bexhill food bank, Southampton City Mission and Canterbury food bank.

V2 Radio’s Programme Controller Ian Crouch said: “The Tonnes of Tins appeal has already helped hundreds of families in our community who are struggling to pay for food. The £30,000 extra will allow local food banks to help those families even more, something that remains extremely important as the cost-of-living crisis continues.”  

Alex Willumsen, Community Partnerships and Programme Manager at Southern Water said: “We wanted to double our efforts and donate an additional £30,000 for us to support food banks even further. We are proud to be able to help local communities and give families a boost at Christmas time.”

The beneficiary food banks in West Sussex are: 

  • Haywards Heath food bank
  • Littlehampton food Bank 
  • Chichester food bank 
  • Bognor Regis food bank 
  • Crawley food bank partnership 
  • UK Harvest 
  • Stonepillow 
  • My Sisters House CIC 
  • Oasis Community Hub 

The beneficiary food banks in East Sussex are: 

  • Hailsham food bank 
  • Uckfield food bank 
  • Eastbourne food bank 
  • Bexhill food bank 
  • Pan Together – food bank in community centre 

The beneficiary food banks in Hampshire are: 

  • Southampton City Mission 
  • Hampshire HAF Scheme 
  • Romsey food bank 
  • Waterside food bank 
  • The Haven - Hound Basic food bank 

The beneficiary food banks in Kent are: 

  • Medway food bank office and warehouse 
  • Gillingham Street Angels 
  • Thanet Food Link 
  • Canterbury food bank 
  • Meadows Children Centre - FFB (Maidstone) 
  • Nourish Community Food Bank (Tunbridge Wells) 
  • Fairshare (Ashford) 
  • The Salvation Army – Ramsgate 
  • The Salvation Army – Hythe 
  • Shepway food bank