Hope in the community: Springbank Community Food Bank

Coronavirus has changed our lives in so many ways, keeping us apart as we stay home to protect the NHS and those we love. But it has also brought us closer together, inspiring incredible volunteer projects across Cheltenham that have sprung up to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. One such project is the Springbank Community Food Bank.

The foodbank, now based at Springbank Community Resource Centre, was set up by local volunteers to meet the increased demand for support created by the Coronavirus crisis. Over the past six weeks, the newly established food bank has supported over 1000 requests for help, helping 1246 adults and 806 children through the delivery of food parcels.

Most of the parcels have been delivered in the West of Cheltenham, but volunteers have also responded to requests from all over town and further afield.

As well as volunteers, the Food Bank has also received support from several supermarkets, local businesses, charities and both Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils.

Local Councillor Suzanne Williams, who has been helping to deliver parcels said: “People and families using this service are from the whole demographic range, young care leavers, older couples, average families, single parents, single adults, couples, large families and everyone in-between."

Lyam Galpin and Faith Rooke-Mathews have been coordinating the volunteers.

Lyam said “We have been continually amazed at the response we have had in our calls for help since we started back in March. We now have a great pool of volunteers who are packing and delivering food parcels, collecting donations, sorting donations and investigating ways of sustaining the project for as long as possible.

"The public have been incredibly generous with their donations of both food and money and for that, we are incredibly grateful – we really couldn't do this without your help.”

If you, or someone you know, need support from the Food Bank, you can contact the team on: 07545 324225 or email: [email protected]

If you would like to support the team, they are accepting donations via GoFundMe to help them buy the goods they need to keep delivering these vital food parcels. You can donate here: Donate to Springbank Community Food Bank

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