Limited Edition ‘Together We Can’ Print for the Plymouth Foodbank
We have created a limited edition print to raise money for the Plymouth Foodbank. They have been busier than ever and we wanted to do a little something to help people put food on the table this Winter.
Read below for more information about our BeEfless 2020 campaign, which we are continuing throughout winter.
Well, what a year!
December is here. The festivities are beginning and we’re preparing for a Christmas that will very likely look different to what we’re used to.
Building on our BeElfless campaign last year (you can read about that here) we wanted to step it up for 2020. As we end the year, naturally, we start to look back at what has happened. And I think it’s fair to say it’s been one unlike most.
People have rallied together, supported local independents and have had a cuppa with that neighbour they hadn’t met before. It’s brought us together in ways that we never thought. It’s made us realise that friends, family and the people in our lives are so important. The outpouring of love and support has been incredible on so many levels.
It goes without saying that we’re all grateful to all the doctors, nurses and all the other key workers. The bravery and courage they and many unsung heroes have shown has been extraordinary.
But due to the devastating effects of the pandemic, many people have needed to turn to their local food bank for basic food and toiletries.
You really don’t know when you will need the support of a food bank, it can affect any one of us at any time. So we wanted to raise money and awareness to support the Plymouth Foodbank this December, and beyond.
The Plymouth Foodbank has been busier than ever this year.
Andrew Denham, Project Coordinator at the Plymouth Foodbank spoke to us and said: “Since the Covid outbreak in the middle of March we have seen a significant increase in the number of people requiring our help. To put this into perspective in the last two weeks of March alone, we saw an increase of over 200%. Overall across the country Foodbanks saw an increase of around 130%, thus making the Plymouth centre one of the busiest in the UK after London. The reasons for referral were many and varied and not just the usual issues of low income, debt and benefit delays, although these were still predominantly the primary reasons.”
He continued: “In the early weeks of the first lock down we were feeding anything up to 160 people per Foodbank session, equating to nearly 500 people per week. As we moved into the summer period and the completion of the first lockdown, our numbers began to reduce back to normal levels. Since September we have again seen a steady increase and expect the numbers of people requiring our help to grow as we move into December, a period that traditionally is our busiest time.”
“The most overriding and positive thing to come from this difficult time is the amazing love, help and support that has been shown to the Plymouth Foodbank as we seek to serve those in need and provide hope for them. We have been truly touched and overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have graciously supported us in many incredible ways. Our sincere thanks to everyone!”– Andrew Denham, Plymouth Foodbank
Banking on you
In light of all this, we have decided to create a limited edition print hand-drawn by our amazing Senior Designer Pete Clayton. It symbolises the community spirit that’s been at the heart of the year and the ‘togetherness’ of families, friends, work colleagues and strangers. People have come together to help one another in all aspects of life.
100% of the profits will be donated to the Plymouth Foodbank so they can continue to help people put food on the table this winter.
Hang it on your wall as a reminder of the wonderful people you’re surrounded by and the kindness of strangers you’ve encountered this year. You could even give it as a gift with a difference.
We’re banking on you this December. Remember, together we can.
“We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their amazing help and ongoing support. We are so very grateful! It is your kindness and great generosity that allows the Plymouth Foodbank to continue to serve those who are in need throughout the city of Plymouth..”– Andrew Denham, Plymouth Foodbank
A big thank you to…
We’d like to thank RedRok who have printed our limited edition print free of charge.
Thank you to Sutton Harbour who have donated directly to the Plymouth Foodbank on behalf of our campaign.