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Council staff turn t-shirts into tins for food banks

Posted on 16th August, 2017 by Lincoln Against Poverty

City of Lincoln Council staff are celebrating after donating over 500 food items to the city’s food banks and community larders.

A ‘dress down’ day was held at City Hall, Hamilton House and Sleaford offices on Friday 4th August where staff were allowed to ditch the blouses, shirts and ties in the name of a very worthy local cause.

The food banks and community larders of Lincoln are this year’s Mayoral Charity, and the Mayor of Lincoln and his wife Councillor Sue Burke were invited to City Hall yesterday to see the pile of food for themselves.

Councillor Chris Burke, Mayor of Lincoln said:

“This is fantastic! Now that I’ve seen how much food has been donated, I’m completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff at the council.

“I chose to help the food banks this year as Mayor because it’s a charity that is close to my heart, and I know that a donation as large as this will make a massive difference to people in Lincoln who may not be able to afford to feed themselves and their families.”

“Anyone who has contributed to this event should feel really proud of themselves.”

The ‘dress down day’ also raised £100 in cash that will be split between the food banks. The food donation of tins, jars, boxed and packets will be collected by Lincoln Food Bank and Lincoln Community Larder later this week. Generous staff from the council have given everything from tins of beans to corn flakes, with some staff even bringing in whole carrier bags full of food.