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Foodbank's work in Aylesbury boosted by housing trust

The Vineyard Storehouse has been helped out by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:38pm 22nd May 2020. 3-minute read.

Foodbank's work in Aylesbury boosted by housing trust

A 'substantial donation' has helped an Aylesbury foodbank deliver five days a week instead of two.

The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust cash for the Vineyard Storehouse helped them to buy more freezers and fund their work with those in need.

They say a lot of food waste has been avoided, at a time when there's huge demand for foodbanks.

As a result of the pandemic, Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse has gone from providing food parcels twice a week, to operating five days as well as considerable out-of-hours demand.

But they have not just had to deal with a sudden increase in the number of families needing help, but also the equally sudden change in the type of donations they receive.

Tin cans food
Fewer tins have been donated during this time

While donations of tins reduced, the amount of fresh food that is being donated has rapidly increased, much of which cannot be frozen.

Furloughed chefs volunteering with the Vineyard are making the fresh food into hundreds of much-needed ready meals, which are being delivered to families in need and vulnerable people who are isolating.  

The Trust's donation has enabled the Vineyard to purchase more freezers to store the meals, funded electricity costs for cooking, transportation and there is even a little over to buy some essentials, like toilet roll, tinned food and baby supplies. 

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust / VAHT

Heledd Williams, Assistant Director of Housing at the Trust said:

"I am delighted we have been able to help the Vineyard's foodbank adapt quickly to maintain the vital role they play in ensuring vulnerable people do not go hungry. The coronavirus crisis has had a devastating effect on many families' income, and as a result there is more pressure on local foodbanks to feed many more people. 

"It also means that together, the Trust and the Vineyard have prevented a large amount of food waste, which at a time when so many people are in desperate need of food, is particularly important."

Adam Townsend from Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse said:

"This donation has helped us enormously; the sudden change in operation due to the coronavirus pandemic meant that we had to remodel overnight.

"This donation has enabled us to adapt and meet the high demand that the foodbank has seen from vulnerable people within our community. Thank you."

Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse, in Gatehouse Close, is still in need of donations and would really benefit from any of the following items:

  • Rice Pudding
  • Tinned fruit 
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned meat
  • Wet wipes
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