Your chance to help out at the foodbank

Published on: 30 Jan 2014

THERE’S an opportunity this month for new volunteers to train to help out with the Resound foodbank in Mangotsfield.

Anyone interested should contact organiser Claire Collins at the church in Blackhorse Road.

The foodbank opened in September 2013 and has fed about 360 people in its first four months.

Claire said: “We give each person food to make three meals for three days, so we have provided 3,240 meals already.

“As the average person receives 9-10 kg of food, that means we have given out about 3.5 tonnes of donated food.”

The supplies and occasional cash donations come mainly from churches and primary schools in the area, as well as regular donations from Sainbury’s.

Other donors include some health clinics, Bromley Heath Women’s Institute, and members of the community, among them many readers of Downend Voice.

The foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust network, was especially busy over Christmas and gave out more than 40 hampers to individuals and families over the festive season.

It is run by volunteers from a number of churches. The team has vacancies for regular help in the stock room (sorting and dating food) as well as people with transport who could occasionally deliver or collect food. You do not have to be a churchgoer to get involved.

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