Vital food donated
PUBLISHED: 13:30 02 January 2015
MORE than 100 families visited Weston Foodbank in just one day in the lead-up to Christmas, using the 'vital lifeline' to put food on the table.
While most gorge on turkey and stuffing well into the new year, others are less fortunate, but volunteers at Weston Foodbank and donations from local businesses have helped feed hundreds of people this year.
Emily Cumberbatch, who volunteers at the foodbank’s branch running out of Locking Castle Church in Jasmine Way, said: “We have had a lot of donations, we are very grateful to the people of Weston, they are very generous and giving.
“Particularly down at the Weston central branch of the foodbank, they have been very, very busy.
“They had more than 100 families go in on one day.”
She highlighted the impact the charity’s work has on those in need, and said: “There was one lady who said just knowing people care enough to give food made her feel she was human and it made her realise people in the world care for her.”
Knightstone Housing was one of the businesses who stepped up to support the charity this year, donating more than 150 items to the charity.
The charity’s project manager, Sarah Fraser, said: “Without the generosity of the local community we wouldn’t be able to run this foodbank.
“It’s great that Knightstone has shown such Christmas spirit by donating items. We would like to thank them for helping us to continue providing a vital lifeline to those in real need.”
Ms Cumberbatch said: “I think when the big businesses lead the way it makes people feel what they are giving is important. I think it really helps the community feel they are all working as part of a team.”