Society Staff Donate Mountain of Food to Cardiff Foodbank

16 December 2014

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Following the Society’s participation in Wales Action Week by providing two teams to volunteer at Cardiff Foodbank, kind-hearted staff members have made a considerable donation of food to the Cardiff-based charity.

In early November, two Society teams, comprising staff members from various departments including Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, rolled up their sleeves and volunteered in a variety of roles at the busy food bank. The experience inspired the groups involved to go that extra mile by arranging food donations across the Society’s entire branch and agency network.

A dress-down day was held on Friday 5th December, and Society staff raised money which will help support the important work of Cardiff Foodbank by supplying essential food items and providing equipment to aid the donation process.

Cardiff Foodbank provides parcels for approximately 41 people per day through five centres in Cardiff. Food parcels meet guidelines set by nutritionists and contain enough food for three to five days.

December is a particularly busy time for the food bank, with the need for good, warm food a necessity, and the demands of Christmas placing even more pressure on vulnerable members of the community. Once food is collected, volunteers are essential in order to sort through donations, dating and stacking them before packing parcels for distribution centres.

Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, commented: “I’m delighted that our staff members were inspired by their volunteering experience and decided to collect such an enormous amount of food. The volunteering opportunity proved to be a very humbling experience, and we got to see first-hand the worthwhile service Cardiff Foodbank provides, and the dedication of those who give so freely to those in need.”

Catherine Williams, Manager of Cardiff Foodbank, commented: “Cardiff Foodbank is completely dependent on the generosity and goodwill of the community to support its work in supplying emergency food aid to people in crisis.”

She continued: “The number of people using Cardiff Foodbank has increased dramatically over the past year for various reasons including penalties imposed via changes to the welfare system, those who are victims of domestic abuse or those who have fallen on hard times following redundancy. This is a continuing need, and the support of individuals and organisations such as Monmouthshire Building Society makes it all possible.”

You can find out more about Cardiff Foodbank and the many ways in which you can offer your support, by clicking here.

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