GIVE FOOD: Brits in Spain encouraged to donate food for this year’s Gran Recogida (Big Collection)

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VOLUNTEERS: Eager to help. Credit Facebook /Gran Recogida de Madrid

THE call has gone out to expats to not be shy and join in one of Spain’s biggest annual food bank charity events.

Jenny Dodd, who lives in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, had the idea that foreigners should help with food donations for the annual Gran Recogida (Big Collection) after she saw a report on Spanish TV.

Jenny explained: “I am trying to bridge the gap between British people and the Spanish.”

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During the event volunteers – usually dressed in a bib – hand out plastic bags in supermarkets, with the idea being for people to buy something extra to donate to the food banks of Spain, which help feed thousands of less fortunate people.

Jenny explained: “It can be anything you can afford – a bag of rice or a can of food.”

She added: “The problem is I think a lot of expats don’t know what is happening and as many don’t speak Spanish they get a bit uncomfortable. I have seen people shooing away the volunteers and looking slightly embarrassed by it all.”

She said: “But really I know British people are very generous when it comes to charity and if they know what it is all about I am sure they would be all too willing to help”

The Gran Recogida is a major event that happens each year. This year it runs from November 30 to December 1 and there will many volunteer-run collections in supermarkets across Spain.

This year the target is to collect 22 million kilos of non-perishable food, with 130,000 volunteers helping at a total of 11,000 collection points.

 

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