More than £14,000 raised for Bedford Foodbank’s Christmas Challenge

Bedford Foodbank
Bedford Foodbank's van arriving with donations

The Great Bedford Foodbank ‘£7,433 Christmas Challenge’ appeal ended on Christmas Day –  almost doubling its target.

Foodbank trustee Simon Danes said, “We’d set the target at £7433 because we fed 7433 people in one year, so, we were hoping to raise the same number of pounds as the number of people we helped.

“People have been amazingly generous and the final total was £14,341 – very nearly double what we were hoping for.”

The Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to some 600 local people in crisis every month; around a third of them are children.

Simon said, “We had lots of cheques from individuals and businesses and I’d very much like to record our sincere thanks to MD&H Insurance, St James’s Place Wealth Management, Sharnbrook Learning for Pleasure, Compass Land and Property, and Aeromark for their generosity.

“And to the people of Bedford, too. We did some street collecting in the town centre in the six days leading up to Christmas and they raised well over £5,000, which is amazing.”

Bedford Foodbank is in constant need of the help and support from local people, both in terms of food and cash donations.

Bedford Foodbank
Sorting donations at the Foodbank’s warehouse. Over six tonnes of food are given out every month to local people in crisis

They get through more than six tonnes of food every month.

If you’d like to donate food, it needs to be non-perishable and the easiest way to donate is to drop it off in the collecting bins in the big Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s or Tesco’s when you shop.

Or you can take it to the Foodbank’s warehouse at 71 Murdock Road on weekday mornings.

To donate money, please go to the Foodbank’s website page:  The Christmas appeal’s Just Giving page is still open and you can find it at

“It’s a huge shame that we need foodbanks in the twenty-first century, and that so many people rely on us who’d otherwise be going hungry,” said Simon.

“We wouldn’t be able to exist without the support of local people – and we’re very, very grateful to them for their help.”

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