Maidenhead Rotary Club President John Hudson has presented a donation of £1,000 to Maidenhead Foodshare to help fund its Schools Out programme. The initiative provides struggling families with extra food to make up for the loss of school meals during the holidays – a situation made even worse by the cost of living crisis.
The money was raised at this year’s Open Gardens Weekend run by the Rotary Club in June that saw hundreds of people visit more than 20 gardens which had opened their gates to the public in aid of charity.
The donation follows a previous contribution of £2,200 to Foodshare from the club.
President John visited Foodshare’s base of operation in the former Tesco store in the Nicholsons Centre to hand over the donation to manager Debbie Gee and volunteer Eddie Clarke, who is also a Rotarian.
Foodshare is one of the biggest independent foodbanks in the country. It helps hundreds of individuals and families each week with a range of services including distributing food and providing meals for the homeless and vulnerable.
Debbie said: “This donation is most valuable and adds to the previous donations from Maidenhead Rotary club. The money will go towards supporting the Schools Out programme, which Foodshare has set up to provide extra food for schoolchildren during the summer holidays.”
President John added: “Foodshare fulfils a very useful function in Maidenhead, by providing a wide range of foodstuffs for families and individuals in our town struggling in the cost of living crisis.
“The Rotary Club of Maidenhead sees FoodShare as a very valuable asset to our community, and we are pleased to make this donation to assist them with their activities.”