Get involved with Cardiff Foodbank.
Cardiff Foodbank is a city-wide project to help and support community members who face financial hardship and the reality of not being able to feed themselves or their families. It is estimated that around 50,000 people in Cardiff are deemed ‘deprived’ and around 78.5% of children live in families that are reliant upon benefits.
The Cardiff Foodbank is part of the National Foodbank Network, and in 2009 the Network fed 24,000 men, women and children nationwide.
The idea of the Foodbank is that every time you go shopping you buy at least one extra item (from a list provided by the Foodbank) and place it in a dedicated box.
During Sustainability Week there will be a Foodbank box located in the VJ Gallery if you have suitable food items that you wish to donate.
Several University Schools, Research Centres, and Divisions are already signed up to the scheme in their buildings, and here at the University, we have the potential to make a significant positive impact to those suffering in Cardiff.
How the scheme works:
1) A box will be placed in your building where people will see it (but not trip over it)
2) You can fill the box with non-perishable items (below is a list of items that they accept)
3) Your eco-champion or member of staff responsible for the box will call Sally O’Connor when the box is full (x75494)
4) Sally will then get in touch with Cardiff Foodbank to co-ordinate a time when they can come and pick up all the boxes from the University. Alternatively you can drop it off at their Warehouse in Ely.
5) Start the process again
What happens to the box?
- Donated boxes are sorted at their warehouse by product and expiry date
- Front line professional care workers (health visitors, charities, social services etc) issue vouchers to the people who are facing hardship
- They can then exchange the vouchers for 3 days of nutritionally balance food from a local distribution centre
If you have some doubt about the weekly commitment, there really is no fixed rule. Whenever you go to the supermarket you could pop just one extra can/pack into your trolley (maybe the BOGOFs) and pop it into the box.
If we are all doing this as a matter of habit, we should be able to generate a significant flow of food for the city's less privileged.
Examples of food items:
Milk (UHT )
Fruit Juice (UHT Carton)
Rice Sponge pudding (tinned)
Pulses – dried beans, chickpeas, etc.
Instant mash/tinned potatoes
Tinned meat, tuna, etc.