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Crisis food bank in Croydon to receive continued support

In the summer of 2012 the Croydon Food Store was opened to provide emergency food packages for local people experiencing financial difficulties. After opening they were forced to move to another location which needed urgent renovation. This is where Mears, the UK's leading provider of repairs and maintenance services stepped in. Mears staff renovated the new store in record time ready for the official opening in December 2012.Since then the Croydon Food Store has grown and supports people from all walks of life including single parent families, those with mental health issues, people who are just returned home from hospital and older people. Working closely with organisation such as Age Concern and MIND, the Croydon Food Store has made a huge difference to their community.During the past two years Mears has continued to support the project and is now set to renovate the outside space and create a beautiful new vegetable garden.Fatima Koroma from the Croydon Food Store said: “It has been an amazing two years and the support we have received from Mears has been fantastic. We have just started to use the outside space to grow vegetables which we will be putting in the food packages, it is nutritionally so important that everyone has access to fresh vegetables. Mears have kindly agreed to help us renovate the outside space and turn it into a garden we can all be proud of.”Caroline Peacock, Partnership Manager, Mears said: “This is a project very close to our hearts and the difference it makes to people’s lives is priceless. We are all very excited about renovating the outside space, making a vegetable garden worthy of the project and even putting in a small path leading to the back of the store. At Mears we believe we should be an integral part of all our communities and working with projects like this means we can provide real tangible support.”


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