Foodbank boosted by generous donations

Published on: 02 Mar 2015

Steve Riches, from the foodbank, with Tracy Cannard and Jo Varney, from Sainsbury’s

THE Resound foodbank has been busy during the cold early weeks of 2015 and its supplies have been boosted by a major collection at Sainsbury’s at Emersons Green.

Volunteers gathered more than 500kg of supplies, which were supplemented by a stock donation from the store chain to bring the total to 659kg.

Another collection is planned at the supermarket on March 20, from 10am to 4pm.

Foodbank co-ordinator Claire Collins said: “While we still had lots of food in stores collected from harvest and Christmas we were getting some gaps and this supermarket collection offered us a perfect opportunity to ask for some specific items. People once again were so kind and generous and many were looking for this opportunity to give to the project.”

Claire said that the foodbank, established at Resound in Mangotsfield in September 2013 and supported by volunteers from many churches and from the community, was proving a warm and welcoming environment for people in need.

She said: “Every person receives at least 10kg of food and over a morning the value of the food provided could be hundreds of pounds. I am also very aware of God’s hand on this important work and how so many things have happened and fallen in place since we opened which seems to point inevitably to divine provision.

“One day last year we found two tin openers in a bag of donated food. We had never been asked for tin openers. Within the hour someone came in and asked for a tin opener! The following week someone else came in and had the other one. We haven’t had or been asked for one since!

“ We also gave a lady a £10 note before Christmas to buy a basic PE kit for her young daughter who couldn’t face doing sport at school as she didn’t have anything remotely appropriate. By the end of the session someone had found a £10 note in an anonymous bag of donated food which covered the cost.”

The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust and provides emergency support for people in short-term crisis. People in need are issued with foodbank vouchers by professionals such as doctors, health visitors and schools.

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