Since 2012, the Epsom and Ewell foodbank has been serving the community by providing food to those who need help making ends meet. One in five people in the UK are currently living below the poverty line which means that every day there are people going hungry. This is where the foodbank comes in, supplying three days of emergency food to support local people in need.
Wilsons are proud to have helped source a new van at cost and arranged signwriting as well. This will be used to assist in the delivery of vital food supplies. Most recently we supplied two new iPads with covers to be used as part of the Signposting and Furniture IT initiative.
There are a whole host of ways that you can get involved with this fantastic cause.
Of course, the most obvious way of helping would be to donate food. Food donations are vital as over 90% of the food distributed is donated by the public. The shopping list on the right shows the food items that are currently needed. A full list of locations where your food can be donated is available here.
You could also help by donating money whether it is a small or large amount; a singular occurrence or regularly every month – every time you donate it helps to transform lives. Similarly, you can sign up to fundraise for the foodbank by organising fundraising events such as a cake sale or simply by putting a collection pot in reception.
Finally, you could help by donating your time as a volunteer. There are a variety of ways that your time could be utilised for the good of the foodbank. You could help out at one of the foodbank centres meeting clients and giving out the actual food parcels. Before these food parcels are given out they need to be sorted which is where the warehouse volunteers come in. They help to weigh, sort and store all of the donated food.
Other important volunteer positions include web editors and voucher coordinators. If you have particular skills that can be utilised in the name of helping people, they will always be appreciated at the foodbank. If you want to find out how you can volunteer, you can get in touch via email, phone or web enquiry, all details of which can be found here.
|Urgently Needed Items|
|Long-Life Fruit Juice|
|Instant Mashed Potato|
|Honey, Chocolate Spread, Peanut Butter|
|Clothes Washing Powder, Liquid, Tablets|
|Washing Up Liquid|
|Custard Powder Sachets|
|UHT Milk - All Varieties|
Even if you are unable to donate your time, it would be particularly helpful if you could spread the word of the amazing work done by the community for the community by following The Trussell Trust, the organisers of the Epsom and Ewell foodbank, on Facebook and Twitter.