It's been reported that more people than ever are turning to food banks. Simon Eady, Business Manager at Banner, spent a charity day helping at the Milton Keynes food bank and knows all too well of the vital support it provides to the community.
The day started with Simon making up food packs from the list, one for adults and another for children. The food was then put on a van and taken to various locations where the food bank attendees meet for hot drinks and biscuits.
Attendees vouchers are then checked and food bags are then given out. A total of 90 on the day that Simon was volunteering. Once the food had been allocated, Simon and the team went back to their base and began prepping for the next days food packs.
Shelves were filled with provisions and items such as sugar and rice were split into smaller portions and food packs were made up ready for distribution the following day.
The Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food and money from local schools, churches, businesses, organisations and individuals and every single item or penny given makes a difference. Businesses, Churches and Community Groups can all get involved helping The Food Bank in a variety of ways. Their warehouse and serving centres are manned by volunteers from the local area.
How Does The Food Bank Work?
Referral Agencies identify families and individuals who need their support and issue a voucher entitling them to a food parcel. Food parcels can be picked up from one of their serving sessions located around the city. Clients can receive a food parcel 5 times within a rolling 12 month period.
If you'd like to find out how you can support the Milton Keynes food bank please click here.