Add a "Donate to Foodbank" option for Online Supermarket Shopping
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Like many people short of time (also being disabled), I tend to opt for online shopping. I was thinking yesterday: "Wouldn't it be great if there was a "donate to food bank" option on supermarket websites?"
I was forced into food poverty when I was young, as a result of a benefits sanction (where my income support was cut as a penalty). Having experienced what it is like not to know how you are going to pay for your next meal, I want to do what I can to help others that have ended up in a similar situation.
I cannot imagine how people cope with a complete stop of income support, job seekers allowance or other benefits. Still in the UK today there are mums skipping dinner to feed their kids, and teens forced to pick between lunch and sanitary products.
I know that Supermarkets try to offer us easy opportunities to help - I’ve seen food bank collection points in store. But the world is so much more digital now - wouldn’t it be fantastic if they offered this option online too?!
I have tweeted this to Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons: Sainsbury's and Morrisons have both got back to me to say they think this a really interesting idea and that they'll look into it. I think we enough public support we can convince them to do it!
I wanted to set up this petition to show the supermarkets there are lots of people out there who support this. And I am sure it would massively increase donations to food banks.
One day, food banks will hopefully be a thing of the past. At least, that's my hope. In the meantime, all I can do is try to help increase donations and make it easier for other people to do so.
So, if you think this is a good idea, please add your name to my petition.
And supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's) this is YOUR consumers asking you to please please, help us help others, by adding a “donate to food bank button” onto your websites.
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