A CHARITY which provides food for families in need is now also helping to promote the reduction of plastic waste following a donation from reusable bag supplier Jutexpo.

The jute bags will be given to the people being helped by the Evesham Adventure Playground Association (EAPA) Playground Pantry project, eliminating the need for them to use plastic carrier bags.

The association, based at Woodlands, Evesham, is a registered charity which provides a wide range of services to help families.

For the last two years it has been running a pie and play scheme, using food donated from supermarkets and suppliers to feed children in the community for free, helping to ease the school holiday hunger issue that many children experience.

It allows families access to free food and necessities such as toiletries and washing powder without the need for a referral.

Volunteer Kath Jones, secretary of the Evesham Adventure Playground Association, said: “We are a local charity, trying to ensure children, young people and families have the space to have fun together in an environment that challenges, inspires the mind and body.

“However, we also offer a service to local families where they can come and help themselves to the food, without the need for a referral and we are also trying to promote reducing waste and encourage recycling.

“To that end the donation of jute bags by Jutexpo is a great way to get our message across and help reduce waste even further.”

Sam Turner, compliance director of Jutexpo, said: “Evesham Adventure Playground Association does great work to help children and families in the local community and we are delighted to be able to help them in this way.”