Wiltshire food banks supported by major house-builders

Barratt and David Wilson donate money to help vulnerable people during pandemic.

Two Wiltshire food banks have said a big ‘thank you' to Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes for donating £3,000 to help continue their work to support communities in need.

Swindon Food Collective saw demand go up by 50% during the first two months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Swindon charity fed just over 6,000 people in 2019, but already this year they are near to feeding 7,000 people, of whom at least a third are children.

The Swindon Food Collective and Devizes & District Food bank donations are part of a £9,000 initiative by Barratt and David Wilson Homes to support food banks near the communities they are building across the South West.

Cher Smith MBE, Swindon Food Collective Manager, said: "The grant from Barratt and David Wilson Homes has been really helpful at a particularly challenging time for us as we are feeding the vulnerable and isolated. One lady of 77 years rang for help recently as she had just eaten the last of her frozen vegetables and didn't know how to get any more food and was afraid to go to the shops due to the virus. An 88 year-old gentleman had been surviving on crackers for four days before he rang us for help. Families with children who would normally get food at school and single people moving into hostels or B & B's all come to us for help".

As the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis continues, food banks are seeing a huge increase in demand, with the Trussell Trust reporting an 81% increase in demand for emergency food parcels compared to the same period last year, including a 122% rise in parcels going to children. This is coupled with radically changing their systems of food collection and distribution in order to operate safely.

Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes South West says: "As well as building much-needed high quality new homes, we believe passionately in building and supporting local communities. So we're pleased to be able to make a contribution that directly supports people living near our Tadpole Garden Village, Wichelstowe and other Wiltshire developments when they need it most."

Barratt and David Wilson Homes have recently reopened sales centres and show homes on an appointment only basis and with a range of safety measures and new working procedures in place which meet or exceed government, industry and public health agency advice. These include protective perspex screens, retractable barriers, strict social distancing and, where necessary, personal protective equipment (PPE), plus smart video- doorbell intercom systems.

Anyone interested in buying or viewing a new Barratt or David Wilson Home should contact their local sales office for more detail on specific developments and visit the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes websites to book an appointment.

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