Heyford Park serves wider community through foodbank initiative
Residents of Heyford Park have come together during the current social restrictions in support of a local foodbank to serve vulnerable people. With operations taking place from the Heyford Park Community Centre, the foodbank is currently serving over 70 homes within the local and surrounding areas.
The foodbank was set up on March 18th by the Heyford Park residents association, a representative from Dorchester Living and the Heyford Park Chapel committee, to help local people in need. After initial discussions, the word quickly spread, and the Facebook group now has 67 members and a fleet of 12 drivers. Working together with Cherwell District Council, Thames Valley Police, Age UK and local charity Shield, the foodbank has been able to identify households requiring its services.
Marc Theilke, Chairman of the Residents Association said, “Despite the unique situation, it has been brilliant to see the community come together to help one another. Our community has been directly affected and there has never been a more important time to band in to help those less fortunate.”
Jeanne Evett, Sales and Marketing Director at Dorchester Living added, “It is heartening to know our residents are working together to support each other during this challenging time. Keeping an eye out for our neighbours is so imperative in times like this and the foodbank is testament to the community spirit at Heyford Park.”
The food for the bank is being donated from a number of large and small businesses as well as donations from residents, including crisps and biscuits from M&S and sandwiches from Tesco plus canned goods from local people.
Mark also added: “It isn’t only food that drivers have been delivering either – we are trying to help as much as possible and go the extra mile for those who can’t.”
For anyone wanting to donate or get involved with the foodbank, please visit the Heyford Park foodbank Facebook Page or please call the Heyford Park Chapel on 01869-233 687.