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Food banks provide vital lifeline

Food banks across Swansea have made sure families in the city have had essential food supplies during the recent Easter holidays.

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Swansea Council has ensured the food banks were able to cope with the demand following the setting up of four vital food distribution sites in community centres across Swansea.

All four sites at Birchgrove, Clase, Dyfatty and Brynmill have been busy sending out food to the established food banks and are continuing to call on businesses to show their support to ensure the food supplies do not run out.

Alyson Pugh, Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "The food distribution centres we have quickly set up are providing a vital source of food for all the food banks in the city.

"Along with the Council buying in food that can be distributed, we have had an amazing response from local businesses who have provided donations. It was lovely to receive donations of Easter eggs so that children would not go without.

"Council staff have also worked throughout the Easter holidays to ensure essential food items got out to the food banks and also to individual families that would otherwise have not had food supplies."

Sue Reed, Swansea Council's Community Buildings Coordinator, said: "We are working flat out to make sure families using food banks have the food they need.

Council staff who are now recruited into the distribution centres are really pulling together to make this work well.

"We still need donation from businesses and can ensure it gets to those in need. The public can also still make donations directly to their local food bank."

Those who want to make a donation can do so by emailing swanseatogether@matthewshouse.org.uk or they can contact their Swansea Council Local Area Co-Ordinator (LAC) by going to the council's LAC page at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination or community.action@swansea.gov.uk

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