Following on from our recent news item regarding the Quill Pinpoint charity, Project QP, and its volunteer support of the Mustard Tree's Friday night soup kitchen for the homeless people of Manchester, keen committee members have been rallying for food and toiletries donations in aid of the Mustard Tree's food bank.
Food parcels containing much-needed provisions are routinely distributed by the Mustard Tree to individuals sleeping rough on the streets, living in destitute conditions and financially stretched families struggling to provide sufficient sustenance for themselves.
Last month, instead of Quill's regular £1 staff contribution for its monthly 'dress-down Friday' fundraiser, employees were asked to supply items of food for delivery en masse to the Mustard Tree's central Manchester premises.
The process was repeated at Quill's regional Liverpool office. Employees substituted the £1 charity donation with food items to wear casual clothes to work for the day in order to fund another, locally based food bank. In Middlesbrough, the £1s were collected in the usual way for later purchase of groceries.
With many popular retail outlets now hosting food bank donation points, the Middlesbrough team bought then dropped off their collection at a local Tesco distribution centre in aid of the Trussell Trust. Similarly, Liverpool's food package was taken to nearby St Andrew's Church, home to their area food bank service.
The response from staff was unprecedented, with contributions from teams across all office sites surpassing expectations.
Julian Bryan, Quill's Managing Director, comments: "I'm staggered by the extreme generosity of my fellow workers. The food and toiletries purchased amounted to much more than the usual £1 suggested offering. It's not just about the money either. Equally important is the time devoted by employees to go shopping, raid their larder, collate everything together in each office and transport to the relevant location.
We've been taken aback by the sheer volume of food banks dotted around the country. Homelessness and poverty is a much bigger social problem than many of us realised.
It's heart warming to observe such kindness from Quill staff for a worthy cause and be able to really give something back to the local communities around us, helping those much less fortunate than ourselves."
Janet Wong, Office Manager at the Mustard Tree, states: "'Quill Pinpoint has become a great supporter of Mustard Tree clients both with the food collection and the soup run. Without a doubt they themselves would say a big 'thank you'. It would have been difficult to sustain the provision we have here without Quill's help."
Head over to the Quill Pinpoint Facebook page to see photos of each office's food bank collection.