Mercer & Hole volunteer at Milton Keynes Food Bank
MK Food Bank exists with the aim that no child or adult goes to bed hungry in Milton Keynes. With 1 in 5 children in Milton Keynes living below the poverty line, it’s apparent that there is a desperate need for this service. That’s why Mercer & Hole decided to support the charity as part of their ’25 Acts of Kindness’ campaign, which marks 25 years of the firm having an office in Milton Keynes.
Mercer & Hole partner, Mike Joy, together with Joanna Jacques, who works in the firm’s HR department, volunteered to help the Food Bank out for the day. They arrived at the charity’s warehouse in Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes, on 11 August 2014, to get an introduction and a tour before being put to work making up food parcels, splitting donations of rice, sugar and pasta, plus sorting and storing food items. Afterwards they loaded the van and hit the road to prepare for the afternoon serving session at Milton Keynes Christian Centre.
Speaking of the experience, Mike Joy, who has worked at Mercer & Hole’s Milton Keynes office since its opening said "It was a great experience to be able to volunteer at the Milton Keynes Food Bank. My colleague and I saw the process from the start of the food bank journey at the warehouse, we helped pick, pack and organise generous donations from the community through to the end process where we went to distribute the food at a local centre which was a humbling experience. To see the extent of the volunteers hard work go towards a worthy cause. I am so proud of our employees for their generosity to have filled two shopping trollies of donations is an excellent effort from our staff. Thank you to Milton Keynes Food Bank for allowing Mercer & Hole to be included incorporate valued service into in our ‘Acts of Kindness’ campaign.”
So far this year, Milton Keynes Food Bank, has distributed in excess of 7,300 food parcels to those identified by referral agencies as being families and individuals who need its support. Clientele are able to access a food parcel five times within a year but there is further help for those who require it. Collections can be made from one of six serving sessions held in and around Milton Keynes. As well as facilitating food parcel pick-up, the sessions offer clients a warm welcome and the chance of a chat over tea and biscuits. The MK Foodbank has grown considerably since its launch ten years go thanks to the commitment of volunteers and support from the local community.
As well as helping out on the day, Mercer & Hole have asked all staff at each of the firm’s three offices; Milton Keynes, St Albans and London, to bring in a donation for the MK Foodbank in support of MK Community Foundations’ ‘Eat, Sleep, Play, Love’ campaign to help deprived children in Milton Keynes. Donation of non-perishable items which filled 2 shopping trolleys were made by Mike Joy and Joanne Jacques on behalf od the Mercer & Hole employees.
Although Mercer & Hole might have started out with ‘25 Acts of Kindness’, you can see how the reach of the campaign has developed – it seems generosity of spirit is infectious! We will let you know what unfolds next…
Date: 12th August, 2014
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