Congratulations to the amazing team at Weston Foodbank who've been awarded £24,000 from the Asda Foundation to help pay for their warehouse expansion plans.
The food bank's project manager Frederique Wigmore, pictured right with volunteer David Jordan and our store's community champion Odette Powell, said: "We can't thank Asda enough. It's so much appreciated and gives us the opportunity to move forward."
The money will help buy equipment for their planned new warehouse and also allow them to take on a part-time warehouse manager to oversee the operation.
Frederique said: "The need for the food bank just keeps growing. Last year we provided 6,000 meals to people in Weston, but from March this year with the coronavirus situation we've already provided 1,500 meals and it looks like it will be in the region of 10,000 by the end of the year.
"The support we receive from customers who donate to the Fight Hunger Create Change collection trolley at Asda Weston is wonderful. People are so generous. It's so humbling that even in these difficult times, people are willing to donate."
Store manager Lee Williamson said: “It's been great to be able to help out the foodbank over an extended period. They have told us that Covid-19 has resulted in a huge upsurge in numbers of people referred to them as being in need of emergency food.
“Food throughput has doubled and they will probably feed over 12,000 people this year. Their premises at North Street are no longer adequate to cope with the volumes so they have started a search for a suitable warehouse. In this context, the timing of the Asda grant has been perfect for them!
“It's fab to think that through our customer's generosity with donations, the help of the Asda Foundation and the huge effort the store community colleagues both past and present have put in, that we are working together to help those locally, with food poverty.“
Odette said: "It is such fantastic news. The volunteers at Weston Foodbank do such a great job in the community and their collection trolley is always so well supported in store."