posted 9th November 2019
Mayor Keith Foreman visits St Matthew’s Foodbank

The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Keith Foreman, visited St Matthew’s Foodbank on Wednesday 30th October to meet volunteers and to thank them for their hard work.

Last month, the foodbank was awarded the Mayor’s Volunteer Team Award for dedication and commitment to voluntary service in the local community.

Now in its 7th year, the foodbank’s usage continues to grow and grow. Some 36 volunteers help to give out food and essentials to those in need in the area.

In 2018, the foodbank handed out over £46,000 of food and utilities, up from over £38,500 in 2017, and fed nearly 3,000 people.

The Mayor’s visit highlights the significance of foodbank usage locally.

Mayor Keith Foreman said: “It is sad that even in this day, there’s still genuine food poverty on our doorstep. The St Matthew’s Foodbank does such a brilliant job responding to those in need and this award recognises their hard work.”

Father Andrew Cunnington said: “Usage of the foodbank continues to reach record levels with £46,000 of food and utilities handed out to families and individuals last year. Apparent delays in benefit payments continue to be a problem with families struggling to feed themselves and partly why so many are reliant on our foodbank.”

Image: Maureen James, Mayor Keith Foreman, Ian McMillan, Father Andrew Cunnington