Celebrate Halloween with Trick or Eat trail - and make donations to Hackney Foodbank along the way
- Credit: The Local Buyers Club
As coronavirus leaves many Londoners unsure about how to spend Halloween, residents in Hackney are ditching trick or treating in favour of Trick or Eat - and making donations to Hackney Foodbank.
More than 60 households and shops have signed up to the project and are leaving collection boxes outside to collect non-perishable food.
Organisers have created a special map so families can dress up and enjoy a Trick or Eat trail in their neighbourhood, dropping food for people in poverty along the way.
The event is being run by The Local Buyers Club, a discount card which promotes small businesses.
Its founder, Jenna Fansa, said: “We ran Trick or Eat last year and collected more than 1,200 meals for Hackney Foodbank with just a small number of streets. This year we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.
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“With cases of Covid-19 increasing in the capital, knocking on doors and asking for sweets doesn’t seem like the best idea – but dropping food outside in donation boxes is a wonderful way to get dressed up and enjoy Halloween.
“Kindness is everywhere and mid-pandemic, when so many people are suffering, the community is stepping up to help.”
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Demand for Hackney Foodbank has more than doubled since lockdown, with over 10,000 emergency food parcels handed out between March and September.