On Tuesday 2nd October, staff from our Dartford office attended a team volunteering day at Bexley Foodbank. Sandy Birha the Dartford Team Manager got in touch with Gillian Bates who is responsible for the overseeing of Bexley Foodbank to arrange the day and made the choice for staff to lend a helping hand to this great cause.
A lot of our looked after children have come from low income families and may have experienced attending a foodbank when living with birth families. Also when our children and young people have been missing they have often used foodbanks as a means to get by during that period. Gillian advised that although they have a lot of volunteers for the face to face service of providing the food parcels to individuals and families that attend the centres, they do not have many volunteers for the sorting of the food at their storage unit.
Therefore day consisted of a lot of heavy lifting and sorting through donated food to arrange by date. Our team dealt with the Pasta, Cereal and Tinned meat that will go out to help families between now and July 2019. Something interesting taken from the day was that the foodbanks get a lot of tins and pasta but what they really could do with having more of is long-life milk and juice.
It really was a great day in which the whole team pulled together. There was a real sense of teamwork and accomplishment.