We are extremely appreciative to the staff at Thrings Solicitors as they have chosen Swindon Christian Community Projects, which are the Swindon Foodbank and Swindon Restore, as their chosen charity for the year and so far an amazing £1,895 has been raised and over 80 kilos of food has been donated so a huge thank you to everyone at Thrings.
The money raised and food donated will go towards enabling the charity ensure that we can be there week in and week out to help those in food or financial crisis.
Both Swindon Foodbank and Restore are supported by dedicated volunteers who, whilst with us, grow in confidence and ability, gain new skills and help enhance the local community through their involvement with the different aspects of work we undertake, such as collecting and distributing donated food, working in our social enterprise shop, café and workshop. These activities could not function with our volunteers of whom we have about 50 people who regularly assist and support our work and the generous acts of giving as demonstrated by everyone at Thrings.
Last year Swindon Foodbank assisted 2879 adults and 1740 children with emergency food parcels which is equal to providing 46,261kilos of food or 132,174 meals. These were distributed through our 7 distribution centres as well as via the hospital discharge unit at GWH. Our warehouse and distribution centres are very busy already this year with almost 1,000 people already being assisted. After Easter we are hoping to open a new distribution centre in Haydon Wick so that those in need to have to take buses into town in order to access our service. We are also intending to add an electric van to our fleet of vehicles at Easter so that we can increase the amount of food collected and distributed and manage the huge influx of food at Harvest time better. Thrings donations will enable us to achieve these goals.