Having fed 19,351 people in Leicestershire since April 2020, Leicester South Foodbank has received a £1,000 donation from Barratt Homes North Midlands to continue its support for those in need.
The donation to the foodbank, based in Wigston, is part of the leading developer’s Community Fund scheme and will help put food on the table for a wide range of people across Leicester and Leicestershire.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the foodbank’s delivery model had to change from face-to-face sessions to using delivery drivers to meet the greater demand.
Bruce Harrison, Operational Manager at Leicester South Foodbank, said: “We have put this donation towards upscaling our services so that we can meet the unprecedented need of people who were already struggling to put food on the table and those who never thought they would struggle financially.
“We would like to thank Barratt Homes for the support which has enabled us to strengthen our service and provide relief to many residents in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.”
Leicester South Foodbank is currently applying for funds to create a warehouse hub that will offer stability of supply and a central point for resources that other foodbanks and charities can call on.
On average, the volunteers are handling 15 tonnes of donations a month and the capacity of the warehouse would increase this to 60 tonnes a month.
Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “The volunteers at Leicester South Foodbank have done an excellent job in supporting those in need across Leicester and Leicestershire and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to their efforts.
“Our Community Fund scheme is designed to help a wide range of charities support those in need in the areas in which we build and it was fantastic to support Leicester South Foodbank on this occasion.”
For more information on how to support Leicester South Foodbank, visit https://leicestersouth.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/.
Barratt Homes is delivering new homes in local areas such as Wigston and supporting the communities in which it builds. To view the homes available in the area, please visit Wigston Meadows.
For further information about Barratt Homes, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk.