Supplies pour in for foodbank

Published on: 31 Oct 2013

THE generous people of the Downend area have already collected nearly three tonnes of supplies for the new food bank.

Stocks have been boosted by harvest festival contributions from a number of schools and churches as well as donations from individuals and continuing support from Sainsbury’s at Emersons Green.

Now the challenge is to keep up the collections for the foodbank, which is based at Resound in Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, because although a lot of food has come in, a lot has also been given out.

In its first seven weeks, the service has fed about 15 to 18 people at each Friday session. Each person received about ten kilos of food.

Foodbank co-ordinator Claire Collins said: “The support has been incredible, We are so grateful for people’s generosity. Many local residents have brought in food and some have also given financial support, which is most welcome.”

The food collected is taken to a warehouse in Yate for processing and storage before being retu/rned for distribution to people in need. The Resound foodbank team is in the lookout for somewhere close to home to use for storage of some of the supplies.

Among the schools that donated harvest gifts are Barley Close, Bromley Heath Infant and Junior, King’s Forest, Mangotsfield CE, Tynings, Blackhorse, Emersons Green and Crossways preschool.

The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, which runs more than 350 across the country. They provide emergency help for people in short-term crisis.

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