* Clwyd South AM Ken Skates, right, with (from left) Matt’s Food
Bank volunteers Jean Onslow and Sheila Evans and church pastor Brian Smith.
Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates has paid tribute to the dedicated volunteers who run a ‘vital’ project in Llangollen to help feed a community’s most vulnerable people.Mr Skates visited Matt’s Food Bank at City Church yesterday (Friday) to see how the team provides support to those in crisis by giving out emergency supplies.
The project was named in honour of the late Matt Price, the former manager of St Collen’s Community Hall in Llangollen, and offers people items of food when they are struggling to feed themselves or their families. It serves the Dee Valley from Corwen to Cefn Mawr.
Mr Skates said: “I understand it was a dream of Matt’s to create a food bank in our community – it was a vision that was shared and Matt’s Food Bank was officially opened in October 2012.
“It is a vital project designed to help some of the most deprived people in our area, and the work this team of dedicated volunteers do is amazing.
“It shouldn’t be the case that in 21st century Britain we need projects like this to help feed people and families struggling to make ends meet. Sadly, however, food poverty is on the rise and schemes like this are having to step in more and more.
“While there are people in our communities who cannot afford to eat properly, projects like Matt’s Food Bank are a godsend. I cannot speak highly enough of the church volunteers who give up their time to help those in need.”People struggling to make ends meet are given food vouchers by doctors, district nurses, schools, the Citizens Advice Bureau and other welfare agencies which can be redeemed at the church on Mondays and Fridays.
There are also drop-off points at the Llangollen Co-op and St Collen’s Church where members of the public can donate tins, packets and other non-perishable food.
The group also runs Matt’s Community Bite, which offers people in the local community a home-cooked meal and company every Monday and Friday from noon-2pm.
Church pastor Brian Smith said: “The aim is for people to have access to a friendly and safe environment where they have the opportunity to establish friendships and enjoy company whilst enjoyed tasty, home-cooked food. The food is free of charge and people are more than welcome to come along.”
The food bank is keen to get local businesses on board as sponsors, and also wants to establish more drop-out points in the area where food can be donated. If you can help, call Brian on 07957 728473.