We continue a full national operation to get food to vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis.

“People were just so happy to donate”

15 April 2016

We caught up with Helen, one of our volunteers who helped out at last December’s Neighbourhood Food Collection, to find out what she thought about her day collecting food.

Helen with her friend Hannah volunteering at the Neighbourhood Food CollectionHelen (on the right) volunteering with her friend Hannah.

How did you hear about the Neighbourhood Food Collection?
Through my friend who was doing it.

How did you find the registration process?
It was really simple, she signed us both up at the same time.

What drew you to the Neighbourhood Food Collection?
Aside from my friend doing it, I thought it was short and easy and a worthwhile thing to do with a spare 3 hours.

What did you most enjoy about the collection?
People were just so happy to donate and be involved. It was also so good to interact with people in the supermarket. Normally you go in and do your shop and might not speak to anyone so it was really good to break through and talk to the customers.

You felt like, as well as helping out by collecting the food, you were also making the people who donated feel really happy and giving them the chance to get involved.

Would you recommend this experience and would you do it again?
I would definitely recommend someone do it and definitely with a friend.

What did you actually have to do?
We stood next to the trolley, gave leaflets to people as they came past and said thank you when they dropped food in. Once you get into it, it’s really not hard. We met some of the other volunteers and it was interesting finding out why they did it.