About our foodbank

Here is an introduction to our project.

Gill Richards, our first manager and the person with the initial vision to start a foodbank in our area.

Our foodbank is a project started in 2011 by Christians from local churches, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.

Initially, we were operating in the Kingswell Centre and started giving out food at the end of November 2011. In 2012 we moved to our current premises (56 Beatrice Street) and started operating there from the beginning of April 2012.

Then in May 2013, a second distribution centre was set up in Ellesmere where the Methodist Church has kindly allowed us to operate. Further centres were opened in Weston Rhyn and St Martins, but these two centres have now closed due to a lack of people using them.

Our desire is to ensure that transport problems in our rural area are not a barrier preventing people from accessing the foodbank.

The number of people fed in 2018 by our food bank was 2311 – an average of over 40 people a week. At our food Bank: —¬† 27,000 kg (approximately 27 UK tons) of food was donated by the public and 23,000 kg (approximately 23 UK tons) of food was given out to
those in need. (Please note: as we accept food donations with a long shelf life surplus donations can be carried over into the next year – with an increase of foodbank usage in 2019 of 13% we are always short of supplies).

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