Council chair helps ensure no local children go hungry

The Chair of Lewes District Council was among 300 volunteers who collected donations to make sure families that depend on local foodbanks have enough to feed their children over the half-term break.

Councillor Christine Brett, who has chosen ‘improving food security’ as her theme of office, was joined by the Mayor of Lewes, Mayor of Newhaven and Mayor and Mayoress of Seaford for the initiative organised by Mark Perryman on Saturday, February 5.

More than 7,700 items of food and household goods were collected for foodbanks across Lewes district.

Councillor Brett said: “Sadly, food bank collections are needed more than ever during this current cost of living crisis when so many more people are falling into poverty and struggling with basic needs.

“A big thank you to Mark Perryman who has been key in organising these collections for nearly two years now, plus the teams of people who take part including the musical entertainers. An absolute triumph of logistics.” 

On the day, a new line of sustainable shopping bags for deliveries was launched, made by Lewes clothing business Dolly.