Christmas food collection campaign Costa Blanca North

SPECSAVERS Ópticas stores in the north of Costa Blanca will be collecting food throughout December for the Alicante Food Bank. The stores in Javea, Calpe and Benidorm are supporting this worthy cause to help them meet an increase in demand since the pandemic and ensure that no one in the Alicante province goes hungry this Christmas. 

The Alicante Food Bank (Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Alicante) is currently supporting almost 45,000 people and distributing food via 186 charitable organisations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most. Prior to the pandemic they were supporting 35,000 people and at the very peak of the COVID-19 crisis this number hit 50,000. Thankfully it has since seen a slight dip in demand, but it is not dropping as fast as they would like, so it is an ongoing challenge to ensure everyone has the food they need. 

Specsavers Ópticas in Javea, Calpe and Benidorm have collectively decided to choose this charity to collect for during the season of goodwill, to boost the stocks and ensure that vulnerable people will have enough to eat over Christmas and beyond. There will be food collection boxes in store throughout December.

Mike Stone, store director from Specsavers Ópticas in Javea and Calpe explains: ‘Christmas is a traditional time to give to others, so we’d love it if our customers and local residents could pick up a few extra items in their weekly shop and drop it off in store. If everyone gives just a little it will make a big difference to the 44,790 people who rely on the Alicante Food Bank. 

We were able to collect more than 40 boxes of food donations as part of last year’s Christmas collection, with our generous residents in Javea donating over 15 boxes alone. We’d love to do the same or better this year, so urge our local community to think of others and drop donations into the Specsavers nearest to them, in Javea, Calpe and Benidorm.’

Donations should be non-perishable food items, toiletries and household products which are essential day-to-day items that no one should be without. The items that are particularly in demand are oil, milk, rice, drinking chocolate, tinned fish and soups. 

Find your nearest store and their opening hours on the website www.specsavers.es or find out more about the food bank and the excellent work they are doing by visiting www.bancodealimentosalicante.org