Newydd Housing Association’s staff donate £500 to food bank
Last week, the Ponty Foodbank received £500 from Newydd Housing Association’s staff charitable fund.
Pontypridd foodbank opened in 2012, set up by St Luke’s Church in Rhydyfelin. This financial year so far, they have helped over 2900 people, a number they said is likely to rise after the recent flooding in the area. During the week when the flooding occurred, they distributed over 2 tonnes of food to those affected. Two other churches in the area are also distribution centres in addition to St Luke’s.
Amanda Hayden-Hall, Manager at Pontypridd Foodbank said, “The money that Newydd donated will go towards helping feed the community. We have fed 644 children but are aware that there are over 2500 children in the Pontypridd town wards that are in food poverty and we are looking at ways to try and remove the stigma attached to the foodbank to try and help these families.”
“Like all banks, people make deposits, and we encourage folk to know that sometimes life happens, and they need to make a withdrawal.”
Founded by local churches, the foodbanks work together towards stopping hunger in their local area. They rely on volunteers who offer their time to help to sort and storing the food and they rely on donations of food and money from individuals, churches, schools and other organisations.
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd said, “Staff wanted to donate to the foodbanks following their December campaign to support people in food poverty. I am incredibly pleased that this money has gone to the local Foodbanks, worthy charities that we work alongside, supporting people who may be going through a difficult period in their lives.”
Newydd will have a food donation box in the office to collect donations for local food banks from staff all year round.
To see the urgently needed food items for RCT Foodbank please click here.
To see the urgently needed food items for Pontypridd Foodbank please click here.