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Southend Airport donates to food bank

23rd August 2019
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

London Southend Airport has made a major donation of food and toiletries to the Southend Foodbank in order to support local people in need.

The twelve large trays of food, drinks and cosmetics – including items such as Fortnum & Mason chutneys, Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jams, bottles of water and fruit juices, nail varnish and shampoo – will now be distributed to people across the Southend area who require extra support.

All of the items were oversized liquids that were not permitted to go through airport Security and so were therefore left behind by their owners.   

Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation said

“The community that surrounds our fast-growing airport is vitally important to us. After all, we employ 80% of our workforce locally. We want to ensure that we contribute positively to our community and this donation to the Southend Foodbank is a fantastic opportunity to do just that.” 

Keith Baxter from Southend Food Bank says 

“As a network, we want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future. That’s why The Trussell Trust and local food-banks, such as Southend Food Bank, are working together to develop new ways to help people out of crisis through programmes like More Than Food. These donations from London Southend Airport will go a long way to helping out local people with everyday items they wouldn’t ordinarily buy. We look forward to working with London Southend Airport in the future.”