A Food bank in Ollerton has received a welcome boost from local construction contractors Robert Woodhead Limited to help feed people who are desperate for food over the winter months. The construction company has raised £500.00 which will help provide essential supplies for people across the Ollerton District.
The Dukeries and District Food Bank was established through the Trussell Trust and is based at Ollerton Methodist Church on Forest Road in Ollerton. The food bank has so far helped over 800 people with food parcels since March 2013, with 9 tons of food passing through the bank, all of which is parcelled and distributed by a team of 38 volunteers. A study by the Trussel Trust showed that there has been a 170% rise in the number of people accessing food banks. Lyn Matthews from The Dukeries and District Food bank said,
“I am amazed how local people have supported the food bank. This is what it is about local people supporting local people. We couldn’t have done it without all of you, so a very big thank you from all at the food bank. If anyone needs to contact the food bank can do so on 07716439740.”
Hilary Cheshire, Company Secretary of Robert Woodhead, who presented the cheque commented,
“The company has recently returned to Edwinstowe and we are delighted to be part of the community here. We normally choose a charity every Christmas to support instead of sending Christmas cards. This year we chose the Dukeries and District Food Bank as it is sadly, fulfilling a real local need.
Pictured: Hilary Cheshire, Company Secretary (far left) and Lyn Matthews (next to) with the volunteers from the Food bank receiving the cheque.
About the Trussel Trust
The Trussell Trust works to empower local communities to combat poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria. We work with the people that society forgets, providing practical help through sustainable projects and enabling each person to realise that they are valued. Our vision is to build communities where people of all backgrounds are included and have the opportunity to live in dignity with hope for the future. To find out more about the service, visit www.trusselltrust.org or call 07716 439740.