CARING staff at Evesham’s TSB branch have handed over a cheque for £200 to Caring Hands in the Vale after nominating the foodbank for a Community Pride Award.
Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston was also on hand last Friday to present Diane Bennett from Caring Hands with the cheque.
The £200 donation will now allow the food bank to help spread some festive cheer by filling Christmas Hampers with much-needed items. The donation will also help support the food bank’s Christmas Day lunch.
As the Observer has previously reported, Caring Hands is operating on a 40 per cent increase from this time last year in referrals to the food bank.
If this continues, the food bank will have donated over 600 food parcels by the end of the current financial year. Last financial year the food bank handed out 464 food parcels. A projection at this rate will provide 25,000 meals for about 1,000 people.
By the end of the current financial year Caring Hands will have donated almost 6,000 food parcels in its 15 years of operation, which equates to around 500,000 meals provided to people in need in the Vale of Evesham.
Speaking to the Observer, Diane Bennett from Caring Hands in the Vale, said: “It goes without saying that we are delighted to have been awarded this grant to support the facilities and resources we are able to provide over the Christmas period.
“I would like to thank the staff at Evesham TSB for the nomination and for their ongoing support.”