Cash donation puts foodbank on the road

The new Banbury Foodbank van partly funded by town councillors Surinder Dhesi, Mark Cherry and Mike Beal with David Stapleton from Foodbank NNL-150704-153723009
The new Banbury Foodbank van partly funded by town councillors Surinder Dhesi, Mark Cherry and Mike Beal with David Stapleton from Foodbank NNL-150704-153723009

A donation of £3,500 has helped Banbury Foodbank buy a van to distribute food to individuals and families in need.

The new vehicle will be used to transport donated food from the foodbank’s warehouse in Banbury to its four distribution centres in Grimsbury, Hardwick, Bretch Hill and the town centre.

This task was previously carried out using the private cars of volunteers.

The cash has come from Oxfordshire County Council’s Big Society Fund, which awarded grants to support community projects.

Banbury-based councillors Surinder Dhesi, Mike Beal and Mark Cherry jointly nominated Banbury Foodbank for a handout from the fund before it closed.

Councillor Mark Cherry, who represents Banbury Calthorpe, said: “We regret that there is a need for a foodbank in our community but are pleased to have used this fund to help provide emergency food to families in crisis.”

David Stapleton, Banbury Foodbank’s project manager, said: “We now have foodbank centres open five days a week and have to transport food from our warehouse to these centres, as well as pick up food from our many donors.” Last year Banbury Foodbank, an initiative of The Trussell Trust, provided food for 2,000 people including more than 800 children, up 20 per cent on the previous year.