Petty launches food bank push

Local estate agents Petty is delighted to announce that it is participating in a nationwide event organised by Relocation Agent Network to collect at least 10,000 items of food (and other daily necessities) for local food banks.

Taking place between 13 and 20 June, the event - #RANFoodbank10k – will see Relocation Agent Network members across England, Scotland and Wales join forces to help tackle food poverty in the UK.

Petty is encouraging everyone in the local community to visit any of their offices to donate any spare food items or other vital supplies like toiletries that they may have. The food banks Petty will be supporting are the Salvation Army on Stanley Street in Nelson and SPE, a community enterprise project on Briercliffe Road in Burnley.

Major Carol Ainsworth, from the Salvation Army, said: “We’re extremely grateful for all donations as they’re much needed. We’ve seen a sharp increase in people using our food bank especially since Universal Credit came into force and contrary to what most people think a lot of our service users are also people in work on very low income.”

Neil Sharpe, from SPE, said: “Unlike many food banks we deliver to people who have referrals from various agencies such as GP’s, schools or the Citizens Advice. We also have referring agencies themselves who will come and collect from us. Without food banks such as us and the Salvation Army many people in our area, including children and vulnerable people, just couldn’t feed themselves.”

Both food banks have stated that they are in particular need of the following:

  • tinned protein such as tuna, corned beef, meatballs etc
  • tinned custard & rice pudding
  • pasta and dried goods, especially cereals
  • pasta sauce
  • Long life milk
  • toilet rolls 

This is the second year that Relocation Agent Network has hosted such an event, which coincides with Agents Giving’s ‘Donate a Food Parcel Day’ on 20 June. Agents Giving is a UK based charity that works with estate and letting agents and their suppliers to encourage and support fundraising activities.

Ian Bythell, residential director at Petty, said: “We’re thrilled to be taking part in this fundraising initiative, especially one that makes such a positive impact to those in need in our local community. Next time you pop to the supermarket, consider picking up an extra item and bringing it to our office during this week in June, we’d love to hit our target of collecting 10,000 items!”