Barratt Homes donates £1,000 to help Hamilton foodbank

Housebuilder Barratt Homes has donated £1,000 to a foodbank in the west of Scotland, to help continue providing food and support to those in need.

Hamilton District Community Foodbank received the funding as part of Barratt West Scotland’s Community Fund initiative and will be using the donation to create seven-day emergency food parcels. 

The foodbank was founded by local churches and community groups, to provide an emergency supply of meals to individuals and families in the area who find themselves struggling to put food on the table in times of crisis.

Due to COVID-19, Hamilton District Foodbank had to adapt how it works and introduced a delivery service for all their food parcels with the assistance of South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Gas and SSE - who provide transport and drivers.

In 2019, the foodbank provided food for an average of 786 adults and children per month, but since April 1 2020, they have amped up and provided food for over 4,739 adults and children.

Speaking of the donation, Isobel Graham, Hamilton District Community Foodbank manager, said: “It was a lovely surprise to hear that Barratt Homes nominated us as part of its Community Fund. The £1,000 donation will go towards this and help us provide food for approximately 28 adults or 15 families for one week.”

Suzanne Craven, finance director at Barratt Homes West Scotland, said: “The work the foodbank is carrying out is vital during this time and many in the local community depend on them. We’re very pleased to be able to support them with this donation and look forward to helping them where we can in the future.”

Now in its second year, the Barratt Homes Community Fund has pledged to donate £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation in the west of Scotland. Charities are nominated by and voted for by employees of Barratt Homes and the focus for the fund continues to be on organisations that improve the quality of life for those living in the area.

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