Tackling hunger is a Rovers goal

December 08 2018
Thumbnail Image

The Foodbank is pleased to announce it has been chosen as one of Bristol Rovers FC’s charity partners.

Speaking about the appointment of the charity as the club’s second charity partner, Commercial Director, Tom Gorringe said, “Last season, we were delighted to work with our supporters on the “Gasheads Against Food Poverty” initiative and saw first-hand the positive impact that it had on those in need within our local community.

“We are committed to doing all we can to ensure our partnership supports the charity – whether that means raising awareness of campaigns and events or to offer more hands on practical help.

“North Bristol Foodbank offer a beacon hope to those who are forced to use such means when times get tough.

“This time of year can be extremely busy for such charities and we hope we can provide assistance at such a demanding period and beyond”.

Stewart North, Chair of Trustees said “After 6 years of running the foodbank locally we continue to want to stand beside those who are struggling with crisis situations that result in going without food. It is not acceptable in these days but we want show compassion and offer hope that things can change. We are grateful the opportunity of this partnership to raise the profile of the foodbank and offer people ways to support others in their community. Let’s do this together!”

Matt Dobson, Foodbank Manager of North Bristol Foodbank said: “We don’t want to be here forever. No one in North Bristol should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. It doesn’t have to be this way - with a benefits system that catches people before they fall into crisis, and secure work that provides people with enough money to cover the cost of essentials, this is possible.

“But until that time, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most - we’re dedicated to ensuring that people in our community with no money for food are able to access emergency support, and that has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds.”

North Bristol Foodbank has outlets at St James Church in Lockleaze, Ebenezer Church in Horfield, the Revive Charity Shop in Filton with further outlets in Southmead and Patchway.