Cardiff Foodbank Welcomes Society Staff Volunteers for Wales Action Week

7 November 2014

FoodBank

The Society is pleased to be supporting Wales Action Week by providing two teams of eager staff members to volunteer at Cardiff Foodbank.

The Society teams, comprising a cross-section of staff members from various departments including Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, will be rolling up their sleeves at the busy food bank on 10th and 11th November.

Wales Action Week, coordinated by Business in the Community (BITC), aims to use the power of business volunteers to tackle many of the fundamental issues that people are facing in Wales today.

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

Food Bank Cardiff

Early November is a very busy time for the food bank due to harvest festival donations, and volunteers are essential for sorting through donations, dating and stacking them on relevant shelves, as well as packing parcels for sending out to distribution centres.

Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, commented: “I was thrilled to be asked to take part in Wales Action Week alongside other Society staff members, and Cardiff Foodbank felt a natural choice since they provide such a worthwhile service to those in need.”

He continued: “The Society strives to support the local communities in which we operate, and witnessing first-hand the hard work and dedication of the volunteers at Cardiff Foodbank will no doubt prove to be an inspiring and humbling experience.”

Catherine Williams, Manager of Cardiff Foodbank, commented: “People would be forgiven for thinking that South Wales is a relatively affluent area with little or no poverty problems. But scratch the surface and they will realise the need for a support organisation in the area is great and we could all potentially face a crisis at some point in our lives. When a crisis hits, many have no financial safety net and a food bank can make all the difference."

She continued: “With an average of three tonnes of food coming in each week over a four week period, we simply couldn't cope without help from volunteers and local businesses. I’d like to say a big thank you to Monmouthshire Building Society for helping us this year.”

You can find out more about Wales Action Week by clicking here or for more information on Cardiff Foodbank and the many ways in which you can offer your support, please click here.

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