Brentwood’s Can in the Van scheme returns for donations

Brentwood Borough Council’s Can in the Van initiative returns to Sainsbury’s in Brentwood on Wednesday June 23 from 12-3pm.

Can in the Van proved vital last year where residents generously donated food and household items which were then distributed through the community hub to vulnerable residents who needed support.

This new date is to help replenish supplies to Daily Bread Café, Manna Meals and the Brentwood Foodbank.

Chairman of the Community and Health Committee, Cllr Cliff Poppy said: “Can in the Van was launched at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as the elderly and vulnerable were shielding.

“The response from our residents was so impressive. Despite everyone facing their own challenges residents fully supported the scheme so generously that the community hub was stocked to the brim.

“We are fully committed to continuing the support for the wider community and as supplies have run a bit low we are running Can in the Van once more. Volunteers including myself will be there on Wednesday to collect any donations that come in and I thank everyone for taking part.”

The Community Connect trailer will also attend to offer advice to people on the schemes, volunteer groups and organisations that can help with a friendly chat or more detailed support.

At the same time, the Active Travel Fund Project will be in the high street to connect with people and get them involved in the consultation for safe, greener and healthier active travel.

People can hear more about the proposals and give their views from 12-3pm or take part at: www.essexhighways.org/active-travel-essex

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Mick Ferris

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