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Neighbourhood foodbank is a big hit

A MUCH-NEEDED network of community foodbanks are springing up across Swansea to help support families in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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And council local area co-ordinator Dominic Nutt says one of the latest set up in Penlan has already been responding to demand for its services.

Dominic says the foodbank has only been going a week and already more than 30 local people have been helped by a team of eight volunteers who answered a call for help.

And he believes it's going to go from strength to strength even after the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

Dominic said: "Our first session was last Friday at Penlan Social Club on Heol Gwyrosydd. We had some great support to get it up and running from the club, the local ward member and people from the community.

"As a local area co-ordinator my role is to help facilitate and support the response to a need for a food bank in the area in these difficult times. The intention is that it'll be run by the community for the community.

"We have seven or eight very keen volunteers, so it was a really good start and everyone was observing the social distancing rules like they should be."

He added: "Support from the community so far has been brilliant. For the first day we got some supplies of fresh fruit and veg from the local Asda on top of donations from local people who've been giving what they can - it's the community donating for the community."

Alison Pugh, Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said the Penlan foodbank was a really good example of the people of Swansea being there for each other.

She said: "At times like these when people have never needed their council or communities more, it's really heartening to see a response like this.

"Foodbanks are a lifeline to so many people and they're an opportunity for communities to gather round and be there for their neighbours. The work our LAC has done to get the foodbank up and running so quickly in these unprecedented times is amazing."

If you want to find out more about the Penlan foodbank or make a donation contact Dominic Nutt 07813 355615 or email him at Dominic.Nutt@swansea.gov.uk

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