Two tonnes of goodwill from foodbank donors

January 25 2019

ORGANISERS of a foodbank have thanked people from the area for their generosity in helping to brighten Christmas for almost 200 people in need.

Resound FoodBank in Blackhorse Road collected almost two and a half tonnes of food from dozens of groups and hundreds of individual donors.

Among them were Emersons Green teenager Billy Neale, who was featured in January’s Voice after deciding to spend the £100 his mum had put aside for his birthday on a donation, and young pupils of Stanbridge Primary School, who collected donations after a visit from a foodbank volunteer who told them about its work.

The total amount donated by the community during December was 2,437kg: 1,621kg was given directly to the foodbank, based at the Resound church, and 816 kg came via the collection box in Sainsburys’ Emersons Green superstore.

People are referred to foodbanks when emergencies mean they are unable to afford to buy food, for example because of being made homeless or unemployed. Families can be referred to the foodbank up to three times every six months, although for most it is a one-off.

At Christmas the foodbank collected and distributed extras such as cake, chocolates and presents to brighten the festive season for people who needed its services.

In total the foodbank provided for 198 people – 97 adults and 101 children – during December. The last Friday before Christmas saw 26 vouchers being presented, to help 106 people, including 56 children.

Joint coordinator Steve Riches said: “As ever, we are indebted to the generosity of the community which provides us with the food necessary to provide this service.”

This month the foodbank has a new shopping list of requests for donations, which can be made at the foodbank between 9.30am and 12.30pm every Friday or at the permanent collection point at Sainsburys in Emersons Green.

The Resound foodbank is a branch of the Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank. For info call 0117 305 0969 or email