Merger will secure future of Yate & Chipping Sodbury foodbank

September 06 2019
Merger will secure future of Yate & Chipping Sodbury foodbank

YATE & Chipping Sodbury foodbank is to merge with the North Bristol Foodbank so that its future is secured.

The project manager at Yate & Chipping Sodbury retired some months ago, and the vacancy hasn’t been filled. The merger will solve this problem and ensure that the work distributing emergency food will continue.

The Yate & Chipping Sodbury project also includes foodbank outlets in Mangotsfield and Thornbury, which will continue to run as usual.

The charities are part of the Trussell Trust network. Referral agencies are currently being updated and the merger was due to come into force form September.

North Bristol Foodbank manager Matt Dobson said: “No one in North Bristol or South Gloucestershire should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. But more and more people are finding that their income simply won’t stretch to cover the basics like food.

We want to reassure people that the foodbank outlets will continue to be run by local people, for local people thanks to the generous support of our communities.”

Between March 2018 to April 2019, the food banks combined handed out 7,402 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis, with 3,130 of these going to children.

North Bristol Foodbank chair of trustees Stewart North said: "Foodbank outlets will continue to be open in Southmead, Horfield, Lockleaze, Filton, Patchway, Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield.”