Peasedown Party in the Park donates £200 to Foodbank emergency appealWednesday 29th April 2020 Leave your thoughts
Peasedown St John’s Party in the Park Festival Committee has donated £200 to the Somer Valley Foodbank to help buy emergency food.
The festival organisers, despite having to cancel the highly anticipated summer event this year, made a commitment to still support the community through its annual grant scheme.
Party in the Park Chairman, Nathan Hartley, said: “Somer Valley Foodbank needs more support than ever before! The charity sector is really struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic and organisations like Foodbanks have faced and upturn in demand for their services.
“As a well-established project in Peasedown, the whole festival team has a strong desire to support the community all year around. We know this £200 grant will be put to good use and will enable the Foodbank coordinators to replenish some of those empty shelves in the warehouse!“
Foodbanks provide three days of emergency food to people who need it the most. Professionals such as health visitors, social workers and the CAB identify people in crisis and issue them with a Foodbank voucher.
The voucher can be taken to a Foodbank distribution centre where a friendly team of volunteers will offer a cup of tea and help people with their food needs.
With more than 70 volunteers collecting and transporting food, helping in distribution centres, and providing support to those who visit, the Somer Valley Foodbank is one of the biggest volunteer-led projects in Bath and North East Somerset.
Of the 2,000 people who receive help each year, they are referred to the Foodbank for a variety of reasons, such as being on a low income, benefit delays, benefit changes, debt, ill health, and unemployment etc.
Somer Valley Foodbank Chairman, Paul Woodward, added: “We’re grateful to Peasedown Party in the Park for their generosity and support. The funding will be used to purchase £200 worth of food, which will go a long way to support our service users each week.
“Thank you, it’s community grant schemes like this that can really make a difference to local volunteer-run initiatives.“