Manningtree and District Food Bank 

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We were able to help over 120 households this year with a Christmas ‘pack’, and this was only possible because of the unfailing generosity of so many people in our community recently, and during the past year.

Our local Churches and schools have all contributed together with Rose Builders and their clients, a number of individuals, East of England Coop and their customers, and local groups.

St Mary’s Church (Lawford) congregation not only donated food but beautifully wrapped children’s Christmas gifts.

Rose Buildershave once again not only delivered a truck load of food and toiletries together with financial donations but the amazing team of men and women from Rose Builders came to off-load all the boxes and bags. Special thanks to Lorraine who organised everything.

These generous donations came in response to the request from Rose Builders to the various companies associated with them and included:

  • Staff at Rose Builders
  • Lawford Green Home Owners
  • BH Electrical
  • Solo Scaffolding
  • Adam Mann Plumbing
  • Silverton
  • Long Water Construction
  • Shaken Udder Milkshakes
  • Fairfield Farm Crisps
  • Ace Bugg Brickwork
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • EWS Property Management
  • PMC Landscapes
  • JC Kitchens
  • Neptune

A SPECIAL thank you to Mistley Rugby Club who came along to load and unload all the food donations in order for us to pack up and deliver. 

Trustees and volunteers at the Food Bank, on behalf of the families and individuals they have helped, would like to thank each and every one of you for the donations you have made.  

Your kindness, care, and generosity has been heartwarming especially as it has been such a difficult year for so many of you. May 2024 bring good health, well-being and smiley days to everyone in our special community.

Telephone number: 07870 967 353. 

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