We are extremely pleased to have been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Volunteer Team of the Year’ category at this year’s Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards!
The District Council has said;
All the Foodbank Volunteers in our district [have] worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Each and every Foodbank volunteer has stepped up to ensure people in food poverty in our local area have not gone hungry.
They’ve continued to coordinate food collections from donors and prepared hundreds of food parcels, putting personal risk aside to get food to people’s homes – including those in need who have been suffering with Covid-19 and/or self-isolating. Without this commitment and collaboration foodbanks would have had to curtail or even stop their operations, leaving those in need in an even more desperate situation.
It is an honour to have our work helping local people in crisis recognised by the District Council. We will be here to help people in financial crisis for as long as we are needed.
Congratulations to all our wonderful, hardworking volunteers who have adapted quickly and effectively to ensure we could continue to support our clients this past challenging year.
EFFB would also like to pass our congratulations on to Lisa Skingsley, who won Citizen of the Year. Alongside her daughter Erika- who herself raised over £600 to buy essential items for the foodbank, she collected toys, nappies and more importantly food for the Limes Farm area, where some families were in need of such support.
A big thank you also goes to Megan Chilvers who received a Certificate of Commendation. Last year she held a driveway concert for her neighbours with her little brother and raised £350 for us!
Find the full list of all the winners here.