As the country battles with food poverty and, nearly a fifth of people are struggling to feed themselves, Foodbanks have found themselves being called upon more and more and the situation is not improving.
Swindon Foodbank has been providing emergency food to Swindon people in crisis for the last 8 years and as the stats hit an all-time high, they have found that they are distributing over 1 tonne of food per week.
With this in mind Foodbanks nationally have got together to work with the big supermarkets and arrange national collections. In the last 2 months they held 2 supermarket collections in the town and collected over 3.5 tonnes of food, which enables them to hand out over 4000 meals.
The people of Swindon have been amazingly generous and they would like to thank them for their continued support at this time. As we go into Harvest time they are expecting to collect over 10 tonnes of food from various organisations in Swindon during the next 3 months. A very busy time for them.
They estimate that the trend will continue and by the beginning of next year they will be distributing food to over 150 people per week, an increase of over 40% on this year.
Keep an eye out for more supermarket collections so that they can continue to meet the demand they are facing.
Not only do they need food donations, but they also require financial support to be able to run the project effectively.
They hold a number of fund raising events throughout the year with a big high profile event once a year.
This year they are organising a Hoe Down – an evening of Wild West entertainment and fun (see below for details). There will be a hog roast, dancing and lots of games, and of course the famous Foodbank silent auction.
To offer your help as a volunteer visit the website:
Food Donations can be dropped off at Swindon Restore, St Johns Church Hall, Whitbourne Avenue SN3 2LG
Hoe Down tickets are available from: http://www.swindonfoodbank.co.uk/hoedown or call 01793 978045.