Community fund foodbank donation

Our housing repairs contractor, Mears, is donating its monthly £1,000 community fund to three local foodbanks during the current coronavirus crisis.

Foodbank

The foodbanks benefiting from the fund are Hatfield Foodbank (https://hatfield.foodbank.org.uk) Manna Foodbank (http://openheavenshatfield.com), also in Hatfield, and the New Zion Christian Fellowship, Cole Green (www.newzioncf.net/food-bank).

Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Community, said:

This gesture epitomises the way residents and businesses in Welwyn Hatfield are pulling together to support our community during the coronavirus crisis.

The donations from the community fund will help ensure that some of our most vulnerable residents have access to essential items in these uncertain times. I'd like to thank all the volunteers at our local foodbanks for the outstanding care and commitment they've shown in making sure food packages are available for those who need them.

Damon Ellis, Mears General Manager, said:

During these difficult times, we are committed to providing support to those who are suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We are proud to be working with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to continue support to those individuals in our communities who need it the most. For us, giving back to our communities is not something we simply pay lip service to. It is part of our DNA, completely embedded in everything we do.

Ian Matthews, from the New Zion Food Bank, said:

We are very grateful for the gift towards the work of the Food Bank at New Zion. We serve about 50 families each week. Most come to pick up items from us but, particularly at this time, we deliver to some customers.

We have a small team of amazing volunteers, who sort donations, store products, make up food parcels, serve customers on arrival, and deliver.

Every penny of the gift goes towards buying food for those in need. Bless you for your generous gift.

This is a difficult time for many people but community support is available to those in need. Please see www.welhat.gov.uk/coronavirus for information.