Leading law firm Taylor Walton LLP continue their sponsorship of Luton Foodbank, which will see thousands of food parcels distributed to those in need in the area across the year.
In addition to a substantial annual financial donation to the charity, the firm is also offering practical support, with volunteers attending the centre to assist with food assessment, packing and storage.
A team of 11 attended last week to support Paul Turvey, warehouse manager during two volunteering mornings. Paul has first-hand experience of how valuable the facility can be during hard times, and shared his experience and expert guidance to the team during their visit. Paul now co-ordinates the Luton Foodbank food drives at local supermarkets and is responsible for organising food donations and packing food parcels for distribution in Luton, with an average of 180 - 200 parcels distributed weekly.
Paul Turvey said: “We were pleased to have staff from Taylor Walton come into our warehouse to support us with putting food parcels together so that they could be distributed to people around our town. We value the support that comes from all of our business supporters, and in particular, we look forward to developing our partnership with Taylor Walton."
Stephanie Simon, HR Manager at the firm commented “We all found the experience very humbling and thought provoking. To learn that the charity was initially set up as a temporary measure and is still needed 5 years later is a very sad reflection of the real challenges faced by individuals and families who find themselves in need of emergency help. However, it was uplifting to see how the firm’s volunteering time, financial support and food donations are providing practical help to such a worthy cause”.
As well as accepting tinned food donations, the Foodbank welcomes baby food, baby formula milk, toilet rolls and laundry detergent. These are high value goods and are distributed carefully to those most in need. Paul talked about ‘respecting’ the donations and spoke passionately about the valuable work the Foodbank does.