Jubilee Foodbank secures Community Project Award

13 May 2013

Market Harbourgh Congregational Church Celebrates National Accolade

Jubilee Foodbank, a community programme founded by Market Harborough Congregational Church, has today announced it had won a prestigious national ‘Community Project Award’.

Launched in February 2012, the Jubilee Foodbank has rapidly grown and now has 20 volunteers working with local charities and statuary agencies to provide free food for those experiencing economic hardship.

The volunteers work on a rapid response basis accepting calls from individuals or agencies and distributing food packs almost immediately.  This team is supported by other volunteers who maintain the stocks of donated food, gather and sort items for packs as required.

Market Harborough Congregational Church began the food bank following discussions with local charities and agencies. Working in partnership with those organisations through referrals, Jubilee Foodbank provides a free gift of three days’ worth of food to vulnerable people in need.

Along with delivering food, Jubilee Foodbank offers ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ classes to those unsure about how to prepare, cook and serve the food provided.

Coordinator of Jubilee Foodbank, Keith Nockels, was on hand to receive the award and £2,000 prize money at the Congregational Federation Assembly in Kent, he said:

 “We’re thrilled to receive the award for our initiative and would like to thank Congregational & General Insurance and the Congregational Federation for recognising our work and the volunteers who make it possible.

“The Jubilee Foodbank offers much-needed food to individuals and families who due to unforeseen circumstances find themselves in financial difficulty. Our important work has helped deliver thousands of meals in the Market Harborough area and continues to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

“We are delighted to have won the award and the prize money will help us develop our satellite service in neighbouring rural areas. Along with upgrading and increasing our food storage capabilities, we are also exploring the possibility of enlisting a tutor to satisfy demand for our ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ classes.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational & General Insurance, said: “We are thrilled that Jubilee Foodbank has won the award as the project clearly meets a need within the local community.

“Jubilee Foodbank has worked tirelessly with local charities and agencies to help those vulnerable people in times of economic hardship.

“We are particularly impressed with the response capabilities of volunteers who are ready to deliver food at a moment’s notice. We are pleased that this award and the money will enable them to continue and expand their good work in the future.”

The Community Project Awards, sponsored by Congregational & General Insurance, seek to recognise local schemes that make a positive impact in their community.