Builders merchant Jewson helped out when a team of volunteers transformed an empty warehouse into a new depot for Cardiff Foodbank.
Currently providing up to a week’s worth of emergency food to 600 people in poverty in the city every month, Cardiff Foodbank has seen the demand for its services grow by 60% in the past year and will, within the next fortnight, move operations from Ely Bridge to its new 3,800 sq ft home in Cardiff Bay Business Park, provided in partnership with UK Steel Enterprise.
To help them do this, over the weekend, volunteers from Cambria Maintenance Services (South) – part of Wales & West Housing Group – worked non-stop to transform 1.7km of sustainable timber donated by Jewson on Ipswich Road in Cardiff into purpose-built shelving for the warehouse, with transport provided by Day’s Rentals.
Jewson’s sister brand, Graham the local plumbers’ merchant, also supported the project by part funding the stock supplied.
Karen Purcell, of Cardiff Foodbank, said: “We are extremely grateful to Cambria, Jewson, Graham, Day’s Rentals, UK Steel and everyone involved in supporting us to make this move.
“It has been made possible by the Comic Relief /Netmums grant funding we received and these new larger, fit-for-purpose premises will transform the way we are able to operate, enabling us to help many more people in need.”