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First Bus in Doncaster supports St John's Church & Multibank Foodbank

  • First Bus in Doncaster has donated Christmas meals to St John's Church & Multibank, Balby.
  • The food was supplied by Asda in Handsworth who also gifted mince pies towards the donation
  • First Bus operate several bus routes in these areas.

First Bus in Doncaster will once again be supporting local foodbanks this Christmas.

Foodbanks are a vital lifeline in communities providing food parcels and support for individuals and families in need.

First Bus in Doncaster who run regular services where the food bank is located, are providing Christmas meals over the coming days before Christmas to those in need.

In addition, on the lead up to Christmas Eve, the bus operator has had Santa driving around the city on a dedicated Christmas bus with his helpers, handing out chocolates/sweets to passengers – wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Spokesperson for the St John's Church & Multibank foodbank said,

We are very grateful to receive this kind offer of Christmas meal donations from First Bus in Doncaster. 

In a typical 2 hour session we see over 130 people access us for food and other support who have additional adults in the household and around 450 children. This will make a huge difference as just before Christmas Day we be able to give each person who has facilities to cook a Christmas dinner who would probably this year go without as it's not an essential item for the to buy

On behalf of all the volunteers at Given Freely Freely Given and the community we serve can myself Andy Unsworth (operations Manager) and Sharon Fung ( Service and Development manager) Thank you with a greatful heart 

Rob Hughes, Operations Director at First Bus said,

"It has been a challenging year for a lot of people with the cost-of-living crisis, high utility bills and food prices at their highest they have been for many years.

“Many people will be struggling to put a Christmas meal on the table for their families this year, and we wanted to help. Local foodbanks provide a fantastic service in our communities all year round and we wanted to do out bit to support them by providing a Christmas meal for people who are in need.

“In addition, we wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer on the lead up to the festive season, thanking our customers for travelling with us. Santa and his helpers will be out and about on our buses giving out sweets and chocolate and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has travelled with us over the last year and wish you and your families a peaceful and prosperous new year for 2024”.


Notes to editors

Picture shows representatives from the Foodbank and First Bus