£500 has been donated to Vale Food Bank by employees of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Staff from the Council’s Social Services Directorate came together to donate unwanted Christmas gifts, which were then sold on to the highest bidder at a silent auction held last month at the Council’s Dock Offices.
Gifts up for grabs included children’s books and toys, chocolates, a sports watch, toiletries and slippers and a pair of concert tickets kindly donated by Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, with the funds raised at the auction donated to the local “emergency food” project, Vale Food Bank.
Vale Food Bank opened in September 2011 with one centre in Barry, but, since then, has expanded to 5 food bank centres across the Vale. These centres distribute emergency food parcels to the community. The project was founded by local churches, and works towards preventing hunger in the local area.
Recognising and appreciating the dedication and hard work of the volunteers at Vale Food Bank, colleagues within the Council’s Social Services teams wanted to give something back to the project and extend their gratitude by hosting the silent auction.
Cllr Gordon Kemp, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Leisure, wished to say thank you to the local charitable organisation and those involved in organising the auction: “Volunteers at Vale Food Bank work continually throughout the year to support those in crisis. Whether someone within the Vale of Glamorgan is in need of food and toiletries, the project is there to help.
“They do a fantastic job, and our colleagues at the Council have recognised this by hosting this silent auction. The more we, as a local community, can do to help raise a little extra for charitable organisations like Vale Food Bank, the more people we can help avoid hunger in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“This has been a real community effort and I’d like to thank all of those involved.”
For more information on Vale Food Bank, and to find out how you can donate visit www.vale.foodbank.org.uk.