Foodbank receives accolade from Thornbury Volunteer Centre for helping people in need
VOLUNTEERS who run Thornbury’s foodbank have received an award for their valuable contribution to the local community.
The Alan Hudson Award is given each year in memory of the former chairman of Thornbury Volunteer Centre to recognise the work and achievements of an individual or group in the locality.
The foodbank is one of the Trussell Trust's UK-wide network and was established four years ago as a branch of the Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank but as a Thornbury Churches Together initiative.
Food is collected by churches, schools, businesses and other groups, as well as individuals, and donated to the foodbank.
It then distributes it to provide emergency meals for three days to people experiencing short term difficulties, such as the delay or withdrawal of benefits, separation, unexpected bills, debt, bereavement or redundancy.
By supporting them, the worry of feeding their families is removed while problems are sorted out.
Foodbank organisers, Mair Vaughan and Chris Verey, received the award and said it was a sad reflection of modern life that such a facility was needed.
The foodbank is based at Thornbury Baptist Church in Gillingstool and is open every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm.