Back in early October some of the team were in the studio doing a shoot for one of our foodie clients. Usually, food doesn’t last long in the studio. But, as most of the team are now working from home, they didn’t get the chance to get their hands on it. So instead of seeing crates and crates of fresh strawberries go to waste, we drove down the local foodbank and dropped them off.
“You very kindly donated some fresh food to Plymouth Foodbank earlier today – from a recent photo shoot. Thank you so much for this. We were in the middle of our session and it was great to be able to give out fresh fruit to our clients today.” – Nigel Morris, Plymouth Foodbank Chairman
After a few emails sent back and forth, between Nigel and myself, we’re glad to be proving some assistance with their social media. They will be continuing to manage the day to day, but they were keen to see if and how they could take things up a notch and help more families this winter.
Myself and Jacquie, our social media strategist, had a video call with Nigel, Rachel and Andrew discussing what they do, who they help and what support they need. Rachel had just started and will be managing the social media, so it was a nice clean slate to start with. We chatted through various things, from what platforms they’re on and how people can support them in different ways.
We went away and completed an audit of the social media accounts, providing areas where they could improve and gave some suggestions for different platforms.
Especially given that we’re now entering lockdown 2.0, we couldn’t be happier to be assisting them where we can and helping to put them in front of more families who might need help.
What do they do?
They support people who find themselves in short term poverty and financial crisis, with emergency short term provision food parcels containing enough tinned and dried food for a balanced diet over a three day period. They’re currently feeding on average 50-80 people per foodbank session and approximately 150-250 people per week.
We want to make sure that no one has to go hungry in Plymouth! But we need your help to make it happen.Plymouth Foodbank
Parcels are obtained through a referral system where a voucher is issued for a food parcel. Details on how to be referred can be obtained by contacting them here at the Plymouth Foodbank.
How can you help?
Donations of tinned and dried items are always needed, along with long-life fruit juices, toiletries, nappies, toilet rolls and wipes.
We are also thinking ahead and preparing for Christmas, which traditionally is our busiest time of year, where an additional seasonal parcel is provided alongside our usual standard food parcel.
For this, we would be grateful of any Christmas items including, Christmas Cake, Christmas Puddings, Advent Calendars, Selection Packs, Crackers, Tinned Ham and Salmon, Stuffing and Gravy mixes, Crackers for Cheese, Jars of Pickles, Cranberry Sauce, and any sweet treats etc.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their amazing help and ongoing support. We are so very grateful! It is your kindness and great generosity that allows the Plymouth Foodbank to continue to serve those who are in need throughout the city of Plymouth.
If you want to make a donation, drop off some food or if you need some support, make sure to visit their site: https://plymouth.foodbank.org.uk/
Plymouth Foodbank Details
Oasis Project, 28 Manor Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth. PL1 1TW
Tel: 01752 254981
Foodbank Session Opening Times :
Monday 13:30 – 15:30
Wednesday 13:30 – 15:30
Friday 10:00 – 12:00