My Summer Stretch Challenge supports local charities on the frontline of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Keynsham Food Bank is one such charity – a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards ending hunger locally. Its team of volunteers help the growing number of people in food poverty. Its strap line being:
No one should go to bed hungry
Keynsham food bank is part of the Trussell Trust, a network of more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK. They provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have been referred to them in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crisis they face.
They know it takes more than food to end hunger. That’s why they bring together the experiences of food banks of the nationwide network to challenge the structural economic issues that lock people in poverty, and campaign to end the need for food banks in the UK.
In the UK, a staggering 14 million people are living in poverty. This includes more than 4.5 million. Nationally, the services the Trussell Trust network is vital.
During 2019-20, its national network provided a record 1.9 million food supplies to people in crisis – an 18% increase on the previous year.
During Covid-19, Keynsham Food bank has seen a 551% increase over April last year. When compared to the regional average for the south west (124% increase) and nationally (89% increase), the need is growing. This is unlikely to ease as the social and economic impacts of the pandemic really start to take hold.
The logistics of the Keynsham Food Bank is seriously impressive. Donations are made via drop boxes in Tesco and Waitrose in Keynsham, Chew Magna Co-op, Pensford Post Office and drop boxes in Saltford. The generous donations are collected, sorted and prepared for delivery by its team of hard working volunteers at its local distribution centres. Once ready, Keynsham and District Dial-a-Ride then make the home deliveries on its behalf.
Through the hard work of its volunteers, Keynsham Food Bank has fed 1,192 people since April 2020.
With the need for food bank services sadly growing, Keynsham Food Bank will soon take tenancy of a new warehouse unit. They are hoping to attract financial support from the local communities and other benefactors.
Please show your support
Should you wish to support its incredible work you can do so by either making a donation through my Facebook Fundraising page. At the end of my 6-week challenge, I will donate all monies received equally between the six charities I’m supporting. If you would prefer to donate directly to the national network, I have set up a Just Giving page for the Trussell Trust.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to Keynsham Food Bank using sort code 60-12-11, account 26641860.
If you would like to donate essential items at its drop-off points, the immense generosity of out local community means they are currently well stocked on milk, pasta, beans and soup. They need personal hygiene products, cleaning, washing and laundry products.
Should you wish to join my Summer Stretch Challenge, my 15-minute stretch sessions take place weekdays during the school holidays. 8.30am, live and direct from my back garden on my YogaDad Facebook page, or my YouTube channel – free to use any time.