A Medway business is gearing up to support the Medway Foodbank (part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks) over the busy Christmas period by providing a free security service for the Foodbank’s warehouse and volunteering staff to help in the warehouse on the Medway City Estate. Ward Security, which is a national security company with an office on the Medway City Estate, has committed to patrolling the warehouse perimeter and installed a wireless intruder detection system free of charge. It is also providing a van and driver to collect donated food from local Tesco stores and help the Foodbank cope with the increase in donations in the run up to Christmas.
David Ward, Managing Director of Ward Security said “The Medway Foodbank is doing a lot of good work in our local community helping to feed people in need. Most of the people who work at the Foodbank are volunteers, who work extremely hard and put in long hours. Our contribution helps the volunteers feel safe particularly when they are working late and also makes sure the food that has been donated is held in a secure environment before it is delivered to those in need. We are pleased to be able to donate our time for free and help the Foodbank run smoothly over the Christmas period.” Ward Security has also set up an employee Christmas Wish List Challenge on behalf of the Medway Foodbank that will see its employees gathering supplies on the special Foodbank Christmas list for its centres.
Kevin Jennings of the Medway Foodbank said “We can’t thank Ward Security and its team enough for their vital contribution. It is a really busy time of year for us, donations tend to increase to the Foodbank at Christmas which is great but present us with a challenge in terms of extra collections and a need to pack parcels and get them out quickly to those in need. The extra van driver and helpers in the warehouse really will benefit the charity and having the security looked after just gives us additional peace of mind. We are so grateful for the wonderful donation from your Christmas Wish List Challenge which amounted to 341 kg of food.”
Since launching in December 2011, Medway Foodbank has fed over 4,000 people. It now operates six centres reaching people living across the Medway Towns and works closely with agencies who issue vouchers to households in needs such as the Citizen Advice Bureau, Social Services and Children’s centres and schools.
For more information about the Foodbank, volunteering or where to donate food please see www.medway.foodbank.org.uk/