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Churches donate Real Easter Eggs to food banks

As food banks across the UK prepare to distribute Real Easter Eggs donated by churches, the Bishop of Warrington has called the fact that they are busier than ever “a scandal”.

More than 700 Easter Eggs have been donated to food banks by churches from across the UK.

The donation scheme, run by The Meaningful Chocolate Company, allows donors to purchase a discounted Real Easter Egg online for delivery to food banks, including Trussell Trust distribution centres. Distribution of the eggs began in early April.

Visiting the Warrington Foodbank warehouse, part of the Trussell Trust food bank network, the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Revd Beverley Mason, said: "It was great to see so many Real Easter Eggs donated, through the Meaningful Chocolate Company, by churches and individuals. It's a scandal that food banks find themselves busier than ever.

"Those who donate to food banks, the marvellous teams who work for them and those who distribute food are supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society. As we enter Easter and the holiday period it is important to remember and hold in our prayers those families who struggle or are in need."

David McDonald, Project Manager at Warrington Foodbank, welcomed The Bishop to the warehouse and thanked her and the Meaningful Chocolate Company for the donations.

He said: “The Trussell Trust is a Christian organisation and at the most special time in the Christian calendar we are delighted to be able to carry the Easter message in such a tasty way to the people who need our help. Our visitors come from every walk of life and all faiths and none but everyone loves chocolate eggs. One third of the food we give out is for children and we feel that it is important that struggling parents are able to give their youngsters a treat.”

To donate an egg to a food bank visit www.realeasteregg.co.uk. The eggs can also be purchased in Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and ASDA.

PHOTO: Bishop of Warrington, The Rt Revd Bishop Beverley Mason and Manager of the Warrington Trussell Trust Food bank, David McDonald.

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