Foodbank given boost but still needs puddingsBy Hugh Fort
March 19, 2012
Supporters of Bracknell’s Foodbank can now have their donations matched pound for pound after the charity was selected for the Localgiving.com March Match Fund.
For the whole of the month, Localgiving.com will match all the money donated to the Foodbank, which works to provide meals for struggling families across Bracknell Forest.
The money comes from a pot of £375,000 from Localgiving.com to help community projects.
Organiser Geoff Hallett says the charity gets a donation around once every three months.
He said: “It’s a good scheme, it’s done on a first come first served basis and we’ve received a donation a couple of times since we joined.
“We don’t actually always ask for money from people as food donations are far more useful, but we’re very grateful for the support.
“We much prefer donations of food.”
Geoff, who runs the charity with his wife Pat, said the amount of families needing help in Bracknell Forest was increasing month-on-month.
The statistics show the organisation had 27 new referrals in January and helped 196 people. It also gave out 1.6 tonnes of food.
Geoff said: “It is getting busier and busier.
“We work with around 50 partnership agencies and charities who are referring more and more people to us.
“They’re pretty good these people, I can honestly say we’ve never seen anyone who we suspect might be pulling a fast one so it is people who are genuinely in need they send to us.”
He said in terms of the items donated, the charity needed more items of fruit and vegetables.
He also said the charity had ‘plenty’ of pasta, soup and beans, but needed items like tinned rice pudding, UHT milk and tinned sponge pudding.
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