Another busy week for our team again, picking up and delivering surplus food to the various wonderful support centres throughout the area.
We started on Monday 13th with Vikki Yearwood who made a donation of tins and dried goods for Food Aware CIC.
These were distributed to projects and charities on Wednesday and distributed to individuals and families in need across the region.
If anyone else local to the area wants to clear out their cupboards, at Food Aware we literally accept and distribute almost anything. Food, toys books etc we can find a home for it. Even if your food is past best before we can work within government guidelines to distribute it.
On Tuesday our team were at Morrison in Cortonwood to pick up surplus food to deliver to local community projects in the area. We once again thank Morrisons for their continuous support.
Some of the community projects who benefit from Morrison’s support include:
Parent & Friends of Addison – Maltby
St Mary Magdalene’s Catholic Church, Maltby
Mexborough Family Hub
People Focussed Group – Pfg
Thorne And Moorends Community Food Bank
Swinton Lock Activity Centre
Also on Tuesday, we welcomed to the FoodAWARE team, Clare Hodgen as Projects Coordinator & area responsibility for Tickhill exploring how surplus food can make a difference in your local community.
We continued our work all week and on Friday, Mel Howram posted this update on our behalf
‘So today has been all about carrier bags, hundreds and hundreds of them.
At Food Aware CIC we hand out tonnes of food to dozens of organisations who are feeding thousands of families and individuals, and we do this EVERY SINGLE WEEK!
The projects need bags, they asked for bags, I called out for bags and the families of Selby and the surrounding villages answered en mass with oodles of bags.
During the cry out for the bags, a wonderful lady called Sarah Bestwick contacted me and offered to help with the mass collection. I could not be more grateful, there’s no way I could have achieved all this without her help ( and the beautiful smile and chuckles of Teddy too).
On behalf of everyone at Food Aware, I want to say huge thanks to her for stepping up and being such an awesome help. Huge thanks to everyone who has donated their excess bags.
Also a special thanks to Suzanne Bannister who not only sent bags but also an ambient food donation too! Cannot thank you enough.
To everyone who has a played a part in this whole operation, I thank you.
To the wonderful projects and their volunteers who collect from Food Aware…..I have bags, many many bags. I’ll be handing them out on Wed after they have been quarantined. No restrictions on the amount, if you can use them, please ask and we will get you stocked up along with your usual collection.
Thanks again to all involved it’s much appreciated’
In further news, it was great to hear that Balby & Hexthorpe Community Engagement Society has been given another £1,500 towards the COVID support hub that they have been running for the last 16 weeks.
This is to help support the elderly and vulnerable people and families that they have till the end of September.
They also still need plenty of carrier bags so if you have any taking space up please get in touch with via their Facebook page linked above as they can collect or you can drop them off at their centre.
We are proud to be helping support this wonderful initiative.
Another initiative we are proud to support is the fabulous project Caring for Kendray helping support families struggling due to COVID-19 and daily life.
Huge appreciation for the team running the community project and the volunteers distributing the food parcels to the residents of Kendray.
If you wish to donate food or other items to the Caring for Kendray project then please reach out to them on the Facebook page linked above.
Finally, we continue to support Mexborough Foodbank and on Friday it was the busiest yet on record with 36 food parcels out, mostly by home delivery, across Mexborough, Conisbrough, Denaby, Swinton & Kilnhurst. Previous Fri session (10th July) was 35 food parcels.
Mexborough Foodbank continues to support local families in need thanks to funding support from Hallam FM Cash for Kids in conjunction with community partners.
FoodAWARE continues to offer our support but a huge thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund Neighbourly JP Walton & Son Transport Ltd Discount Food Centre The Banks Group Lidl GB Aldi UK Co-op Morrisons plus many more for their continuous support as well.
A huge shoutout to the fab team from Mexborough Christian Community Church for ongoing support with home deliveries & making up food parcels – Steve/Bev & Esther/Bev/Joel plus Libby/Mark & Richard & Louise Waddington with Phoebe, Jacob & Cameron. Christine & her grandson Daniel were also out delivering on Friday.
Plus Alan Wright who continues his tireless support each week. Also, new recruit Jean Jordan.
Huge thanks to MCCC for the recent £100 donation.
MCCC has also been putting together some ‘Care Packs’ which contain personal hygiene items & smellies which are tailored for each person/family and accompanied every food parcel on Friday.
Finally, thanks go to Christine Newby for a fab trolley full of donated food & toilet rolls.
Here’s to another busy week ahead.