Food Bank

Helping The Homeless And Families In Poverty14th Dec 2020

by on 14th Dec 2020


Staff at Coles Miller Solicitors are again donating food and household essentials to help homeless people and families in poverty this Christmas.

They have set up four collection points at their Poole (x2), Bournemouth and Broadstone offices.

Everything collected will go to local charity Hope for Food, which was launched in Bournemouth in 2012.

The charity originally ran a soup kitchen in the Winter Gardens car park. Volunteers then teamed up with local churches after the death of a 42-year-old homeless man in the doorway of Richmond Hill St Andrew’s United Reformed Church.

Hope for Food continues to feed the homeless but there is an increasing need to help families in poverty. Local schools and agencies refer these families who are then supported with food parcels.

Coles Miller Marketing Manager Nick Balchin said: “The pandemic has meant many families locally find themselves in a very difficult financial situation.

“There has also been the emergence of the ‘newly hungry’. Typically, they are middle-income families who have been plunged into crisis by Covid-related job losses.”

He added: “Use of local food banks is at an all-time high. Charities like Hope for Food are so important to the local community.”

Hope for Food is staffed entirely by volunteers. Find out how you can help, view the website.

For more information, contact Coles Miller Marketing Manager Nick Balchin.