Arundel & South Downs MP Andrew Griffith thanked the coordinated efforts of a local retailer and community food provider when he visited The Sussex Produce Company in Steyning.
Andrew met owner Nick Hempleman of the Sussex Produce Company and Emma Elnaugh, Managing Director of Horsham Matters which organise the district’s foodbank. Together they said a big thank you to customers for donating more than £3,000.
The Sussex Produce Company have provided fresh fruit and vegetables for food parcels delivered to vulnerable families with children at Steyning Grammar School. The food deliveries have supported the school’s contact with their students and helped to identify other areas of support needed such as IT equipment.
Nick Hempleman of the Sussex Produce Company said:
“Our customers have been so amazing; giving money and goods to local families in need. We have matched their donations and now raised over £3,000.
This has been put to action as soon as it has been raised by donating goods like flour, eggs, pasta and toilet rolls and we are now also ensuring that each box that goes out every week has got five bags of fruit and vegetables in it.”
Emma Elnaugh, Managing Director of Horsham Matters, who run the Foodbank said:
“The food donated by The Sussex Produce Company and their customers has been valuable to our foodbank support across the District. We are facing an unprecedented need for food and to be able to supply fresh food alongside our emergency parcels is very impactful.”
Andrew Griffith MP said:
“Community action has been at the heart of the Covid-19 response and Nick and the team at Sussex Produce have been a great example of this, supporting Steyning’s residents and local food producers alike throughout the last few months, and I would like to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Andrew also welcomed the news that Government Free School Meals will be continued throughout the school summer holidays. Speaking in a debate on the issue on Tuesday evening (16 June) he said: “I want to thank all the teachers and heads across West Sussex for their huge efforts made all year round, but particularly during the pandemic.”
“A hungry child is not a learning child and is a tragedy that we should not accept in our society. I welcome the Government’s announcement today adding to their very extensive support in this area.”