Swindon Foodbank can be spotted more clearly around the town, now that it has its own vehicle.
Set up by Swindon Christian Community Projects, Foodbank has been warmly supported by people across the town. Its aim is to supply families hit by a crisis with nutritionally balanced meals.
Since launching on 1 October Foodbank has supplied three day food packs to over 130 adults and 170 children.
Food is donated by schools, churches, boxes left in work places and monthly collections at big supermarkets.
Over 7,115 kgs of food has been collected. Most is sorted for distribution at the Foodbank warehouse in Westlea, but short dated foodstuff is passed onto other projects like the Filling Station.
Project manager Richard Belsham said, “we are tremendously grateful to the Swindon people who have taken us to their hearts. We are feeding an average of 27 people per week and we have sufficient food in the warehouse for 15.5 weeks on this basis.
“It might surprise readers that we are supporting families in all areas – from Penhill and Pinehurst, to Priory Vale. It doesn?t matter where you live; if a family has a crisis on its hand, like a sudden redundancy, we can help until other support networks kick in.”
After Causeway Saab offered Food Bank a van, a round robin e-mail asked if anyone knew of a signwriter to decorate it. Within an hour The Link was able to reply saying James Dennision of JDB Signs would help out.
Richard said the van is a tremendous help to transport food from donors to collecting points as well as to advertise the service.
If you could organise a collection at school/group/workplace, call 07932 108732 to arrange a pick up.
Next Foodbank collections: 25 March – Sainsburys Bridgemead 29 April – Sainsburys Stratton
JDB Signs. Tel: 01793 638640