Each month, here at Yo Telecom, we are taking part in at least one charitable activity to help our local community. In January (and every day since), a member of the team has been volunteering at Boyatt Pharmacy’s COVID Vaccine Clinic in Southampton.
In February, we decided to raise money and buy supplies for a local food bank here in Southampton.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted hundreds of thousands of jobs and left many households in difficult positions. Research by The Trussell Trust shows that as Covid-19 hit the UK, there was an immediate and sustained surge in need across its food banks. In April there was an 89% increase in the number of emergency food parcels given out compared with the same month in 2019. As well as this, between April and June 2020, 100,000 new households received support that had never been part of The Trussell Trust’s network.
We’re very fortunate to still be in employment despite the uncertainty in the world. So, being able to help feed people in our postcode was the least we could do.
Here at Yo, we raised a total of £430 and bought a huge variety of items, from gluten-free jam tarts to long-life UHT milk. Our local food bank has a list of what they need most urgently, so this is what we used to decide what to buy.
So, that’s what February saw us doing, I wonder where March will take us…