Slough Foodbank is the proud owner of a new van, complete with logo. The purchase of the van was made possible through the generous support of Segro who donated £10,000 towards it and funding made available by Asda to the Trussell Trust. Along with the proceeds from the sale of the old van all of the costs were covered.
The Foodbank van is vital to Slough Foodbank’s work to provide nutritionally balanced, 3-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis who are suffering food poverty. The van is used daily and is crucial to enable the foodbank to operate:
- Collecting food donations from local supermarkets
- Delivering food parcels to the Distribution centres
- Delivering food parcels at home to those who are unable to get to a distribution centre due to ill health, shielding or distance
Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director, SEGRO, said:
“Slough Foodbank has been on the Slough Trading Estate since the beginning of 2012 and in that time it has been very clear how important they are to the local community. The team has been on the frontline of providing vital support to vulnerable members of the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are proud to pledge our support to ensure essential food products continue to get to those people who need it most.
“Supporting our local communities is part of our DNA and we want our Centenary Fund, and individual intervention such as this, to leave a lasting legacy in the communities where we operate.”
Slough Foodbank manager, Sue Sibany-King commented:
“We are extremely thankful to Segro for their support of Slough Foodbank, they have provided us with warehouse space, free of charge since 2012, their support has been and continues to be essential in enabling Slough Foodbank to reach those in Slough who are hungry. This further support – enabling us to purchase the van which is so fundamental to the smooth running of the Foodbank – is so generous and will make a significant difference to those in Slough and the surrounding areas who find themselves in need of our services. In the first nine months of 2020, we have seen a 42% increase in the number of food parcels distributed versus the same period in 2019. So you can see the very real need we have for a larger and reliable van to help with all the collections and deliveries we make.”
Photo attached: Sue Sibany-King (Slough Foodbank), Neil Impiazzi (Segro) Bev Kindred (Slough Foodbank) and Colette Sharp (Segro) with the new van.