Charity Overwealmed after Break-in

Volunteers at Bournemouth based charity Hope for Food were heartbroken and reduced to tears when they turned up to their food storage unit to find it broken into and vandalized.
It was discovered early one Friday morning that the charity’s industrial unit on West Howe Industrial Estate was broken into and ransacked with of vital clothing, shoes, food, toiletries and other household item stocks stolen.

Among items taken were children’s toys, stores of freezer and fridge food used to cook meals for their 4 times a week soup kitchens in Bournemouth. They estimated losses of over a month’s supply of food and toiletries going to people who are homeless or on the bread line.
The thieves also took clothing put to one side for a disabled gentleman and an emergency hamper due to go to a family that day.

Following the overwhelming public response to local and national media coverage, donations have been received by the bucket load and the charity are appealing for volunteers to sort and organise their unit in preparation for sending vital food supplies to families over the school holiday period.

Drop off points for these items are listed on their Facebook page or make a donation from your mobile by texting ‘HFFD16’ and the amount you wish to donate to: 70070 (eg: HFFD16 £10.00)

Volunteers can just turn up or donations can be brought to the storage unit 8 West Howe Industrial Estate BH11 8JX
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 12.30pm or to find out more visit the website www.hopeforfood.org.uk.

Additional Information

Hope for Food now celebrating its 6th year is a voluntary organisation providing much needed food, clothing, toiletries and support to local people who need it most. They run 4 soup kitchens every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They provide breakfast to school children feeding on average 1200 people in poverty every month.

Items urgently needed include coffee, biscuits, long life milk, long life juice, squash, tins fruit, tinned meat, hot dogs, spaghetti, dried and microwave rice, tinned veg, jam, pasta sauce, ketchup, mayo, cereal, rice pudding, custard, toiletries spray deodorant, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand wash, wet wipes, shampoo, moisturizer, sun cream. Clothes medium small boxers, 30,32,34 jeans and hoodies.

All information no matter how small please call the Police incident number 22-143 crime number 55180096433.
For press information contact: Claire Matthews on 07826 911301
clairematthews@hopeforfood.org.uk