HSBC in the Channel Islands is helping families and individuals with their daily food requirements, through local charities, amidst the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Bank will be donating money to Channel Island charities, The Salvation Army, Jersey and Guernsey Welfare Service Food Bank, which will be used to provide more than 1000 food parcels across the two islands.
Last month HSBC made a global fund available to support the international medical response to the COVID-19 spread, protect vulnerable people and ensure food security around the world. This has formed part of the Channel Island charitable donations with additional funding from HSBC in the islands.
Commenting on the donations, Chantal Le Goff, Head of Sustainability, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating serious hardship for some islanders who are struggling both financially and practically. HSBC wants to help the local community and we hope this donation will offer some relief for islanders. The Salvation Army, Jersey and The Guernsey Welfare Service Food Bank are working tirelessly across the island communities, and we would like to thank them for all they are doing during this time.”
Sue Le Friec, the Guernsey Welfare Service Coordinator, said: “We are overwhelmed to receive this generous donation from HSBC. It gives us the confidence to know that we are going to be able to continue to deliver our service at this unprecedented time. Demand has tripled in the last couple of weeks as we deliver food parcels to those on low incomes, who have lost income or are self-isolating with no other support. The food parcels are much needed and much appreciated by those who receive them.”
Richard Nunn, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army, Jersey also commented. "The Salvation Army in Jersey are so grateful for this donation. It enables us to maintain a good, healthy and consistent supply of food to those who are really struggling in Jersey during these difficult times. We are determined to help those most in need, and this help offered by HSBC is a vital part of this effort."