FOODBANKS are launching a new mobile service to help meet people’s needs.
Delyn MP David Hanson visited Flintshire Foodbank’s Mold outlet on Wrexham Street as the mobile foodbank prepares to visit communities across Flintshire for the first time this week.
Since the foodbank began operating more than 18 months ago the scheme has branched out to encompass seven branches in Flintshire.
The mobile facility is the latest addition in a bid to help people who don’t have outlets in their areas to access the service without having to fork out on transport costs.
Andy Leake, a founding member and chair of trustees of the Trussell Trust which launched the foodbank initiative, said: “The aim of the mobile Foodbank is to reach the areas of rural Flintshire where people may be isolated and to take emergency food to those in crisis.
“We have received huge support from the local and national business community who have sponsored the vehicle and we are very grateful to all those who have donated funds to enable this project to begin.”
Every Wednesday the mobile foodbank will be in Gronant from 10am to 10.30am; Talacre at 10.45am to 11.15am; Ffynongroyw at 11.30am to noon; Penyffordd at 12.30pm to 1pm and Mostyn at 1.15pm to 1.45pm every Wednesday. Further routes are also planned.
Mr Hanson said: “The Flintshire Foodbank does invaluable work helping people in our community who are really struggling to get by and the new mobile truck will help them reach even more people in need. The volunteers who make the foodbank happen should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication, but it should be a source of disappointment and shame more and more people are needing to turn to this service in times of crisis.”
More than 6,000 people have now made use of Flintshire’s foodbanks since first opening in May, 2012.
Since initially opening in Mold, outlets have been created in Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint, Holywell, Queensferry and Saltney, with 75 volunteers helping people living on or below the poverty line.
For further information about the foodbanks call Sue Leake on 01352 755385, email projectmanager
@flintshire.foodbank.org.uk or visit www.flintshire.foodbank.org.uk.