After a busy Summer and Autumn school holiday service that saw the delivery of thousands of essential food kits to struggling families across Suffolk, regional charity Access Community Trust is finalising plans to run the service once again this Winter.

Demand for the charity’s PINK Orange service has increased intensely since its launch. With many more families seeking essential food assistance as the pandemic continues, the organisation made the decision to relocate its distribution hub to larger premises in Lowestoft this Winter. The new warehouse covers 4000sq feet, allowing for greater palletised storage and a larger workspace for increasing number of volunteer packers and drivers to remain safely socially distanced.

The importance of the service has not gone unnoticed with major supermarkets Morrisons and CO-OP providing an array of ingredients from customer donations and their own stock holding. This week regional brewer Adnams, who itself has been affected by the hospitality industry restrictions, pledged its support to the project by providing one of its fleet of lorries to help collect and deliver over 9 tonnes of ingredients from national food waste charity Fareshare.

Confirming the decision, Adnams International Development Manager Bradley Adnams said,

“The pandemic has created many challenges for families, businesses and communities. Adnams Community Trust programme continues to support many worthy causes across Suffolk. PINK Orange is a unique service in our heartland, which is addressing a continuing national crisis and we, as a responsible community-focused brewer are proud to help where we can.”

Community support continues to develop as Suffolk’s agricultural community including Alder Carr farm donate hundreds of sacks of wonky locally grown vegetables and fruit for the kits.

Access Community Trust’s CEO Emma Ratzer MBE commented,

“Over the winter and festive period PINK Orange will deliver meal kits to over 18,000 households containing approx 40,000 children throughout Suffolk and Norfolk. This service is only possible due to a mix of funding from Suffolk and Norfolk Community foundations and ongoing donations from the public and businesses alike. We hope that with continuing community backing PINK Orange will ensure to support struggling families far into the New Year and beyond with essential food provision in our region.”

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