The Isle of Wight Foodbank is marking ten years in operation.
Since it was established ten years ago, more than 28,000 Islanders and 18,000 youngsters have received a three-day emergency food parcel.
It all started with just a handful of volunteers in a warehouse in Cowes, providing food to up to 50 people each month. It now distributes from five centres around the Isle of Wight.
One of the highlights during the Foodbank’s ten years in operation was being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK - and recognises outstanding work done in local communities.
Prior to the pandemic, nearly 200 volunteers were helping to operate it and during the busiest month - over 900 emergency parcels were given out.
Foodbank Manager Hannah King said:
“For the past 10 years I have consistently felt humbled by the commitment, dedication and generosity that has enabled the foodbank to support those who have come to us. For all who have donated food and finances I thank you.
“I have absolute admiration and respect for our teams of volunteers who give their time in so many ways in assisting us in helping those in need within our local community and without them, we would not be able to achieve the level of service we offer.
Over the last couple of decades, foodbanks across the UK have provided incredible, practical support to people in poverty. However, we are acutely aware that this kind of response shouldn’t be needed and so our goal is to have an Island that has no need for a foodbank.”
“ We would like to take this opportunity to thank the generous Island community who have shown ongoing support over the last 10 years enabling us to continue. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and trustees who have made the foodbank what it is today. Thank you to the churches and YMCA who host our foodbank centres. Those who use the foodbank are signposted to professionals who provide necessary help and opportunities to move forward. Thank you to all the agencies and charities who partner with us to provide this necessary service. #morethanjustfood.
The charity would also like to thank the many churches, shops, schools, businesses, fundraisers, ambassadors, groups, and individuals who continually show their support by donating their time, expertise, food, and funds, without which, the Foodbank says it would not be able to continue.
To find out how you can support local Islanders visit their website: isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk