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9 February 2022

snvb project gets High Sheriff seal of approval

Katie Steele and Brenda Woolf were publicly acknowledged with a Community Award from High Sheriff Amanda Lowther DL in a presentation with all the volunteers in the TowFood Community Larders in Towcester and Roade.

In presenting the certificates the High Sheriff stated…

“Brenda and Katie have gone over and above in reaching out in to the community helping find sustainable food solutions by saving good food from waste.  I have witnessed first hand what a huge difference this is making while families rebuild after the effects of the pandemic.”

She then went on to thank every one of the volunteers hearing their stories in how working together in this snvb project has been such a vital way to survive the pandemic whilst helping others.

Katie and Brenda built the project out of a COVID response charity started by Miranda Wixon.  Katie, the Towcester Coordinator commented with a smile…

“Miranda asked me to come and pack boxes for three weeks and here we are over year later with over 1000 people we are helping to feed every week – it is an amazing team.”

The village of Roade was one of the first to come forward from all the parish councils when food was supported by FareShare during the lockdown.

“Roade is an incredible village, I just have to ask and people come forward to offer what they can for this community.  We have had volunteers aged from 15 to 90, men and women from professionals to school children all working together to make sure that no one is forgotten.”

Food is sourced from FareShare, local shops and food outlets saving around 6 tonnes of good food each week from going to landfill.  Trained volunteers collect food every day and store in the hubs in Towcester and Roade that have a 5* EHO rating, where hygiene and safety come first.

“First and foremost we see ourselves as an Environmental charity with the benefits of providing nutritious sustainable food keeping our community healthy whilst reaching those finding it hardest to afford these options”, said Miranda.  “It is creating a community where people help each other the atmosphere of support makes us all value the place that we live here in South Northamptonshire.”

To find out more about becoming a member or for volunteering please contact team@towfood.org.uk or ring 01327 636982 or visit TowFood website…

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