BGL will ensure nearly 10,000 people get a decent meal this Christmas at a time when rising numbers are turning to foodbanks.
Continuing its commitment to fighting food poverty this winter, BGL is donating £80,000 towards providing hot meals, food vouchers and hampers to the homeless and vulnerable.
The money will be shared between 18 charities – each close to one of BGL’s sites in Peterborough, Sunderland, Wakefield, London and Paris. These charities will then distribute the food to those most in need, helping to lift the burden for many who are struggling to make ends meet and may otherwise go without.
Tanya Smith, of Cardea, Peterborough, a mum of six, described how it is normal for her to skip meals in order to feed her six children.
The 37-year-old, who will receive a BGL-funded hamper via the charity Family Voice, said: “I have needed help from foodbanks on and off before the pandemic, but this year has been a real struggle. At the start, the shelves were bare, there was no pasta or toilet roll and the baby milk was sold out. Now food seems more and more expensive.
“There are many times that I have been without meals so that my children can eat because there is not enough to go round. That’s quite normal to be honest.”
“I’m grateful for the help of charities like Family Voice and businesses like BGL. This enables us to have a Christmas dinner together without having to worry about how we will pay for it.”
In total, BGL is funding 86,150 meals, 145 food vouchers, 295 food hampers and 1,255 food parcels. It is part of an ongoing campaign by BGL to help those hardest hit by coronavirus in our communities. To date, the Group has donated £743,000 to 183 charities including over £45,000 to local foodbanks.
Research from the Trussell Trust predicts an additional 670,000 people will be destitute by the end of 2020, unable to afford essentials such as food and energy. Families with children are expected to be the worst affected.
Claire Virge, Sponsorship and CSR Manager at BGL Group, said: “No-one should ever have to go hungry, at any time of year. Sadly we recognise 2020 has been a very difficult year and many people are facing exceptional hardship as a result of the pandemic which is why we have focused on tackling poverty this winter and supporting the fantastic work of local foodbanks and those charities which ensure people don’t go without basic essentials.”
In a further attempt to spread Christmas cheer, BGL colleagues have also been supporting Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas toy appeal, taken part in Christmas-themed volunteering opportunities and bought gifts for foodbanks and animal shelters.
With over 10 million customers, BGL is a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services. BGL has an office in Orton Southgate and a contact centre at Bretton, Peterborough and is home to brands including comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com, Beagle Street, Budget Insurance and Dial Direct.