Spar wholesaler James Hall has announced the launch of a new partnership with Burnley Community Kitchen, which will enable Spar customers to support their local foodbank by collecting donations.


The initiative, which is now available in 10 Spar stores across Burnley, Accrington and Pendle, started at Spar Padiham Road when staff wanted to get involved and support their local community through the Burnley Community Kitchen.

Since November 2018, customers at Spar Padiham Road have donated 10 trollies of tinned goods, with staff collecting 230 tins of vegetables in one day.

In addition, James Hall’s bakery, Clayton Park, is also donating weekly surplus stock to the charity, providing bakery products for the charity’s regional breakfast club.

James Hall company stores director Julie McAulay said: “The whole team have really got behind the scheme and we are now delighted to be able to offer the initiative in nine further Spar stores across the region.”

Burnley Community Kitchen deputy chief executive officer, Paul France, added: “Donations from Spar customers are not only enabling us to provide donations for local residents but helping us to educate the local community on how to maintain a healthy diet on a budget, whilst learning basic cookery skills in our on-site kitchen.

“Burnley has the second highest rate of child poverty in Lancashire, and the bread rolls and loaves provided by Clayton Park Bakery will help to ensure that children within the region receive a regular and nourishing breakfast, working with local primary schools and existing partners to develop and deliver this vital service.”