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Council staff Heinz help meanz more for Africa
Tuesday 8th August, 2017

Packs of essential food will be making their way to Africa thanks to a team from Wigan Council.

The team included Invest in Wigan staff, personal assistants and director for economy and environment Karl Battersby. They played their part in helping Kraft Heinz staff pack up hunger relief meals at their Kitt Green site.

It was part of the company’s ‘Rise Against Hunger’ campaign and more than 800 of the company’s staff were invited to give something back through their own Staff Deal.

Wigan Council employees also signed up to help through the council’s own Staff Deal and gave their time to help packing food bags.

All production at the site was halted for the morning as staff filled bags with rice, soy, lentils and special Kraft Heinz micronutrient sachets which are now be transported to Africa.

Emma Barton, assistant director for economy and regeneration at Wigan Council, who also took part in the charity collection, said: “We were delighted to be able to play our part in this fantastic charity challenge which helped to fill more than 250,000 meal bags for those who are in need of support. Last year’s inaugural event saw us help to pack 200,000 bags so we are thrilled that there is more support this year.

“Through the Staff Deal as a council we have already managed to help so many local charities and organisations across Wigan Borough. So it’s great to see the support from our staff reach out to those who need it at a much wider level.”

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