Grant enables extension of our work at Foodbank

25th March 2021


Weston Foodbank is delighted to have received a Covid-19 Emergency Grant from WRAP (The Waste and Resource Action Programme, which administers the fund on behalf of DEFRA).  This is enabling the Foodbank to offer more surplus food to our clients.

This grant is of £9,329 and enables us to respond to some of the added pressures of operating under Covid-19 restrictions. The grant has helped us to fit out a new warehouse to hold food donations and paid for a freezer and triple fridge to so that we can store surplus fresh food.  It has also paid for additional personal protective equipment used by our teams of volunteers.

In September 2020 we signed the lease of our new warehouse and the grant has enabled us to purchase shelving and moving equipment as well as the PPE for the teams of volunteers working there. The bulk of our food stock has now been moved from our North Street centre and the temporary additional storage locations we were using.  The grant from WRAP has enabled us to purchase a new freezer and a triple fridge so that we can now hold surplus bread, fresh milk, fruit and vegetables donated to us.  This widens what we can include with our standard emergency food parcels for families and individuals facing a crisis point in their lives.

We are excited by the prospects that this grant opens for us as we know that many of our clients really appreciate the extra items we can sometimes offer.  Now we are able to increase the sources of redistributed food to make our emergency parcels healthier and more varied.

Weston Foodbank is a charity that enables the community in and around Weston to meet the emergency food needs of those within the same community who are at a crisis point in their lives.  In 2020 we provided emergency food for over 6,500 people, 40% of these are children.  Our work depends on the generosity of the wider community with food donations and financial support.  The grant received from WRAP is enables us to continue and extend our work at a time when we are facing a substantial increase in the numbers of clients referred to us.

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