Success for ‘Buy a little extra’ drive

Inspire FM volunteers packing food parcels for Luton Foodbank
Inspire FM volunteers packing food parcels for Luton Foodbank

A campaign launched in the last two weeks of December to help the Foodbank has been a huge success.

Volunteers at community radio station Inspire FM took part in one of the biggest drives the project has seen, filling 270 food parcels with more than 5,000 food items.

Manager Faiz Nabi said: “We wanted to get the message of food poverty out to our listeners and had a special ‘Surviving Winter’ broadcast.”

The station worked with local businesses, schools and organisations and used its audience and extensive networks to collect donations and pack food parcels in its Buy a Little Extra campaign.

Volunteers worked every evening at the station’s HQ in Dallow Community Centre sorting donations by category and making them up for the Foodbank to distribute.

Ideal Youth Show volunteer Usamah Sheikh said: “We all have responsibilty to show the vulnerable that we are aware of their situation and will do our utmost to help ease their difficult circumstances.”

> Luton Foodbank has distributed over 2,500 food parcels since its launch last April. December saw a dramatic 80 per cent increase in demand.