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The Mayor’s Food Bank Fund is launched to raise vital funds, ensuring Cheltenham food banks can maintain and increase supplies during COVID

by Councillor Roger Whyborn in Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

All the money given will go to local food banks - Here's a bit more about it:

Cheltenham Mayor’s Food Bank Fund is launched to raise vital funds, ensuring local food bank services continue.

The Mayor of Cheltenham Councillor Roger Whyborn has launched the ‘Mayor’s Food Bank Fund’ which aims to raise funds for local food banks who are struggling to cope amidst a fall in donations and limited supplies.

The Mayor, Cllr Roger Whyborn said: ‘’As some residents’ financial situation has become extremely difficult we’ve seen demand at local food banks going up by more than three times during the Coronavirus lockdown.

‘’Many people have also found it difficult to donate to food banks in the Coronavirus crisis, sometimes because they cannot leave home themselves. So the Mayor’s food bank fund aims to raise vital funds to ensure these services can continue to help individuals and families across Cheltenham." Just to be clear about our primary aim - it is to enable food banks to buy to food and other essential items  to replenish stocks.

"We recognise that many people were dependant on foodbanks even before the Coronavirus pandemic, and still need to be supported along with many new clients who did not expect to be joining them."

’’Councillor Peter Jeffries on behalf of Springbank community food bank said: ‘’Like other food related projects across our town, Springbank food bank are supporting those that need food right now. Volunteers sort through donations, packing and delivering hundreds of food parcels across the west of the town every week. However, we are donation dependent and this can sometimes be unpredictable, so if people can support the Mayor’s appeal these funds can be turned into much needed support across the town.’’

Foodbanks who could benefit from the fund include:

Cheltenham Foodbank (The Trussell Trust) Springbank Community Foodbank
St Peter’s and The Moors Big Local
CCP (Caring for communities and People)
Familyspace (Oasis Centre, Coronation Square)
P3 (housing charity)               King's table
Cheltenham Longtable         Open Door

#FeedCheltenham: We are supportive of #FeedCheltenham (also on Crowdfunder). As you will see from their project page their primary thrust is to supply food vouchers, which can be used to buy food, to those who have found themselves in need, often quite suddenly during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Let's make 'Mayor’s Food Bank Fund' happen

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