The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge was out in force last Sunday as they embarked on re-organising our local food bank, along with some help from Maidenhead Rotaract.
20 volunteers arrived bright and early at 8am at the FoodShare store on Queen Street ready to sort through all the donated food, ensuring it was still in date, and to dismantle and re-assemble the shelving units. The club, open to anyone locally who is interested in volunteering, recognised that a little order was needed in the store to ensure that all donated food is given out to needy families, rather than being on the bottom of a shelf underneath newly donated goods and going past it’s best before date.
Over the course of the day some 35 volunteers spent 8 hours, in shifts, taking all the food off the shelves, sorting it into date order, fixing shelves and then putting all the food back on the shelves in a new processing system ready to be given to local people. The team also cleaned the store so it’s ready to receive its first visitors this week.
Maidenhead Bridge Rotary have an ongoing volunteer commitment with FoodShare, with members of the club helping to collect and sort donated food each week, which is just one of the ways the club supports the local community.
Adam Hunter, President of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club, commented “we’re so pleased to be supporting FoodShare as there is a real need in our community to support local families who are struggling to feed themselves. This is just one of the ways in which we can help, and we are very happy to do so.”
Elisa Harris, Community Co-ordinator at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary commented “we were thrilled that Maidenhead Rotaract were able to join us with this very large project, the saying is very true….many hands do make light work and we really look forward to working with them on future community projects.”
Nigel Cohen, Trustee of Open Kitchen and FoodShare commented “Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club are amazing in the way they support not only FoodShare. Their support is invaluable not just in terms of money, but also time spent volunteering and offering advice. It is a pleasure working so closely with them and in supporting those in our society who need our help the most”.
If you’d like to get involved in volunteering, or fundraising for local community projects then do get in touch with Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club today. To find out more visit www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.