Since opening in 2012, Barrow Foodbank’s incredible team of hardworking volunteers has been working to help and support people across Barrow, Millom and Ulverston. Volunteers have fed a total of 32,492 people (13,327 children and 19,165 adults) They have also given out £45000 in fuel vouchers as a Fuel Bank.
In recognition of the sterling work they’ve done and continue to do, Barrow Foodbank has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!
Seen as the equivalent of an M.B.E, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work done in their communities, so it is great see the hard work of all the volunteers at the foodbank honoured in this way.
Any group or organisation that carries out voluntary work, providing a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated. Each group is then assessed on the benefits it brings to their local community and its standing within that community.
Volunteers fill a number of roles to ensure the foodbank is run efficiently and complies with statutory legislation while ensuring those that attend the foodbank are made to feel welcome while giving them nutritiously balanced food to last 3 days.
Roles at the foodbank include:
Being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a huge honour, but Barrow Foodbank are quick to point out that none of this would have been possible if it were not for the communities of Barrow, Millom, Ulverston, Dalton, Grange over Sands, Cartmel and other areas across South West Cumbria who have donated a staggering 275.4 tonnes of food! The public’s kindness and generosity has had a massive part to play too!
Congratulations to all at Barrow Foodbank, the work, commitment and service you provide for our community is incredible, and this award is so very well deserved.