Staff and Prisoners at Leicester’s Welford Road prison have come together to tackle food poverty and help the less fortunate in the city.
Over the past few weeks they have been collecting items for a food bank located at the Holy Trinity Church in Upper King Street.
Their goal was to collect 325 items of food, representing the total number of men held at the prison.
The food bank is managed by The Trussell Trust, which works in partnership with a network of food banks across the country.
Last year alone, 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies were distributed to people in crisis. More than half a million of these went to children.
The prisoners were keen to support the cause and purchased extra items on their weekly food shop, despite having limits on how much they can spend on their groceries.
Prison staff also donated generously and organised a Christmas jumper day, raising further cash which will go towards purchasing additional items.
One of the prisoners at HMP Leicester said: “Although I don’t have much money I am happy to donate as I have been homeless myself and I relied on food banks. I think it’s a great idea.”
Collectively staff and prisoners raised over 800 items, well over the original target.
The items have been delivered to the church and they will be organised into food parcels ready to be given out to the less fortunate over the next few days.
Prison Officer Muhammed Surve, who organised the initiative, said: “I wanted to help tackle real issues that are prevalent in our local community, whilst giving the residents an opportunity to make a positive contribution.”
He added: “It’s a fantastic example of what can be achieved by coming together to help a great cause. Thank you to everyone who supported the initiative”