Patronage and £12,000 for North Ayrshire Foodbank
Community Windpower Ltd is delighted to announce their Patronage and Working Partnership with the North Ayrshire Foodbank. Based in Ardrossan, the NA Foodbank covers the whole of North Ayrshire providing “emergency food for local people in a crisis”.
Through this partnership, the NA Foodbank have received funding of £12,000 directly from Community Windpower Ltd (CWL), a local company who own and operate the Dalry and Millour Hill Community Wind Farms located to the north of Dalry, in North Ayrshire.
As part of this, CWL have become a Patron of the local charity which thereby provides them with a long term commitment and support for the future. This in turn helps the Project Coordinator, Mr Craig Crosthwaite and his team of volunteers not only with their daily work, but provides security and stability for the vital service they provide to vulnerable people and families living in North Ayrshire.
Craig Crosthwaite, North Ayrshire Foodbank Coordinator stated:
“The sustainability of an organisation is down to three components – the vision to respond to a need, galvanising community action around that need, and attracting resources to sustain the community action.
This donation from Community Windpower Limited is the third component that will ensure the Foodbank succeeds in its mission of reducing hunger for those in crisis. This is particularly important when 1 in 5 children in Scotland currently go to bed hungry”.
Mr Crosthwaite continued:
“Having a firm commitment and long term support from a local company is invaluable and it is important that this is recognised. With this contribution, the NA Foodbank can look to strengthen and expand its service for local people in North Ayrshire at a time when it is needed most – it’s a lifeline for everyone currently in a crisis”.
NA Foodbank Statistics
The North Ayrshire Foodbank provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food and support to local people in crisis. Since its launch in December 2012, the NA Foodbank has processed:
- Over 2,600 food boxes;
- Fed a total of 4,912 local people (3,354 adults and 1,558 children);
- Collected over 34.8 tonnes of food;
- Distributed over 30.6 tonnes of food.
The NA Foodbank also runs a rural delivery service, which takes emergency foodboxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot afford to get to a foodbank.
The BeGreen Dalry Energy Advice Centre based in the centre of Dalry is also an approved collection/distribution point for the Foodbank serving the Garnock Valley area, thus helping the Foodbank to increase its area network.
Background to the UK Foodbank network
Hunger is not just a third world problem as today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for heating during the winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry.
To tackle this, the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity committed to community action against poverty and marginalisation in the UK and Bulgaria, partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks right across the UK, because local communities are best placed to meet local needs.
In 2013-2014, the Trussell Trust Foodbank network fed over 913,138 people nationwide, of which 330,205 were children. In this period, over 8,300 tonnes of food was donated by the public. With 423 foodbanks now in operation, two new foodbanks are being launched week to meet the growing demand.
How do Foodbanks work?
24,000 frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers, along with health visitors, the CAB and the Police, identify people in crisis and issue a Food Voucher. The recipient is then entitled to receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher.
Foodbanks also make time to chat and to direct people to other helpful services and agencies who can help solve the longer-term problem.
The Foodbanks help to prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems - a simple box of food makes a big difference.
What can you do?
To help feed local people in a crisis, please buy items from the ‘Shopping List’ and donate them to the North Ayrshire Foodbank. Items required include:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags/instant coffee
- Instant mash potato
- Tinned meat/fish
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- Biscuits or snack bars
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