THE Friday before Christmas was the busiest day yet for ReadiFood’s little helpers.
The charity which provides emergency foods to families and individuals in desperate need had to deliver 50 packages on December 20.
To ensure that all these deliveries got through, the charity received help from Clarify, a Theale-based business development specialist for the enterprise technology industry.
More than 40 volunteers got stuck in, creating parcels, sorting donations and checking food as well as delivering parcels that made people’s Christmas.
A week earlier, ReadiFood had received help from Microsoft staff.
The charity, like other foodbanks, has benefitted from ongoing donations given during supermarket collections at Tesco and Waitrose, as well as from churches and community groups.
These collections will continue over the coming months and volunteers are needed to help staff them.
The first collection takes place at Waitrose Twyford over the weekend of February 15 and 16.
On the weekend of March 1 and 2, Waitrose Caversham will be collecting. Waitrose in Oxford Road, Reading will welcome donations on March 15 and 16. Then, on April 5 and 6, it will be the turn of Waitrose Woodley.
Other dates will be available and are on the ReadiFood website.
To pledge support, log on to www.readifood.org.uk or call 0118 987 2672.