Mayor asks residents to continue food bank donations

Published on 2nd November 2020

Food donations

The Mayor of Cheltenham is asking residents to continue donating to the Mayor’s Food Bank Fund to help food banks increase stocks and supplies in readiness for the winter after a decrease in the summer.

The fund was set up in April earlier this year to raise money for local food banks that struggled to meet the demand at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since raising more than £12,000, the fund has been able to support many food banks in purchasing food, as well as equipment to help distribute the food. The fund has also contributed to the school holiday hunger scheme, providing food for children who are entitled to free school meals.

However, the ongoing pandemic and the increase in people becoming unemployed has led to a rise in demand for food at a time when donations to food banks have fallen meaning some people are struggling to find support.

Christmas is also a busy time for food banks and this year is expected to put exceptional demand on food banks, making it difficult for those to get the support they need.

Mayor of Cheltenham, councillor Roger Whyborn said: “We are incredibly grateful of everyone’s support and donations over the summer that have benefitted many people in need.

“However, as the Covid-19 situation is continuing into the winter, and with Christmas approaching, it is more important now than ever that we make sure our food banks are sufficiently stocked with enough food and supplies. This will mean they are able to help local vulnerable people, families and children.”

Here is how you can donate:

  • Consider setting up a small STANDING ORDER ideally weekly, to Mayor of Cheltenham’s Charity Sort code: 20 20 15 Account: 00610720 Reference: MFBank
  • Making an online donation though Crowdfunder at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mayors-food-bank-fund-cheltenham  
  • Making an online donation to www.cheltenham.gov.uk/payments  and choose ‘Mayor’s Food Bank Fund’. It is a great way to support people while staying safe.
  • Buy Cheltenham Lottery tickets at www.cheltenhamlottery.co.uk  and search for Foodbank or at 01242 396124. 50% of ticket sales go to The Mayor’s Food Bank Fund, and you could win up to £25,000.
  • Send a cheque payable to Cheltenham Borough Council and send it to Mayor’s Parlour, PO Box 12, Promenade, GL50 1PP. Please write ‘Mayor’s Food Bank Fund’ on the back and your address.

For press enquiries, please contact: communications, 01242 264231 communications@cheltenham.gov.uk