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Foodbank experience handy as new pop-up service launches

The people behind a successful Swansea foodbank are bringing their expertise to a new facility.

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Members of the city's LifePoint Church have run a foodbank from the base in Uplands for around three years.

And that experience is proving vital as they now offer a similar service from Mayhill Community Centre.

Those behind Mayhill Foodbank - part of the Swansea Foodbank network and the nationwide Trussell Trust - are providing an essential service to around 50 people every week from the Mayhill, Townhill and Gors area.

As the pandemic struck, those involved with the service rose to the new challenge.

Mayhill Foodbank coordinator Nicky Goss said: "We'd been looking at setting up a foodbank and community café here so we'd been building up to a launch - and the coronavirus crisis quickened things up!

"This foodbank began in early April at the start of lockdown. As a church we meet at the community centre every week so we know the local community. They're our neighbours, we know many of the local residents and we knew there was a need for a foodbank here.

"Local councillors asked us to set up the foodbank in light of coronavirus crisis - and we were happy to do so."

Fellow coordinator Simon Powell said: "We've got a great team of volunteers who come every week - they're friendly and help out because they're with the church, are off work on furlough or simply want to give up their time to help the local community.

"Even though we've only been going a few weeks in Mayhill, we're in the swing of things now and are feeding people right over this hillside.

"We've had some generous people - the community have been great. If more people want to help by donating food that'd be fantastic. All they've got to do is drop us an email or give us a call."

Mayhill Foodbank is part of a network of community foodbanks across Swansea helping to support families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Swansea Council has been supporting foodbanks with supplies to ensure they are able to cope with the increased demand, and has set up four food distribution sites in community centres across the city.

Alyson Pugh, a Swansea Council cabinet member for better communities, said: "People across our communities need foodbanks and I know they appreciate the important support they're being offered.

"Mayhill Foodbank is doing an excellent job on behalf of its communities - I thank all those involved including the donors, supporters, volunteers and organisers. They're all here for Swansea."

The Mayhill Foodbank is based at Mayhill Community Centre, Mayhill Road. It's open every Thursday from 1-3pm. Members of the public can drop off donations by arrangement after emailing or phoning the foodbank - 01792 472828, office@lifepoint.org.uk.

Swansea Council's response to coronavirus - www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice

Picture: Simon Powell, left, and Nicky Goss at Mayhill Foodbank.

 

 

 

 

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