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Council working to keep foodbanks stocked

Swansea Council is stepping in to help food banks across the area to ensure that they can continue to meet soaring demand from families and individuals in need of support.

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The council is building up contingency supplies of basic food items that it will be used to boost food bank stocks if they are running low.

Council staff have also been redeployed during the Coronavirus pandemic to assist the hard working volunteers who keep the city's foodbanks running.

Staff working in the community are also giving referrals to people who need the vital support

A full list covering all areas of Swansea can be found here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks

The council has purchased some stock while dozens of business in Swansea have also donated supplies.

Alyson Pugh, Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "It's fair to say people have never needed their council as much as they do now. The network of foodbanks provide a lifeline to many throughout the year but in the current crisis they are more important than ever and we are there for them, doing what we can to prevent them running out of the essentials.

"Sadly many households will have seen their incomes reduce in recent weeks and we want to be sure that should they need support from their local foodbank it will have sufficient stock.

"Our staff who have been directed away from non-essential council services are supporting them and many businesses have stepped up to help as well. I would like to thank them individually but there are just too many to mention.

"I could not be more proud of how the city is pulling together in this unprecedented time."

The contingency supplies are being stockpiled and distributed from four food hubs and non-essential council vehicles are being used to support this initiative

Supplies are only sent to the foodbanks when their stocks run low.

Items in greatest need are non-perishables such as tinned, dried and long-life goods.

Businesses who can help are asked to email: community.action@swansea.gov.uk in the first instance.

For the latest on the council's response to the Coronavirus pandemic visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice

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