Mayor opens new foodbank in Sawley
"We can't have people going hungry, so I'm so pleased people have shown their generosity towards this charity."
Mayor of Erewash Val Custance
A new foodbank in Sawley has been officially opened by the Mayor of Erewash Val Custance thanks to new premises leased from emh homes.
The local social landlord is one of the referral agencies for the foodbank, and has supported it for many years in its previous location. The organisation collects donations at its offices in Long Eaton, and can issue food vouchers to tenants who are experiencing financial hardship. Pauline Smart, an emh homes tenant, is a trustee of the foodbank and volunteers there regularly.
"We can’t have people going hungry, so I’m so pleased so many people have shown their generosity towards this charity by donating food and volunteering their time," said the Mayor.
The foodbank relies entirely on donations of food and money in order to provide food parcels to local people in crisis in exchange for vouchers provided by front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church leaders, and community workers.
Affiliated to the Trussell Trust, the national charity whose aim is to end hunger and poverty in the UK, the Sawley foodbank is in partnership with the local Tesco, who will be making a large donation of food in time for Christmas.