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Pontarddulais foodbank providing vital supplies

Hundreds of families in a Swansea community are being provided with vital food parcels thanks to efforts of volunteers and Swansea Council.

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The volunteers who work out of Canolfan y bont in Pontarddulais are part of the established Pontarddulais Partnership, which has been in full flow since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented in March.

The centre normally houses a foodbank in one of the many rooms in the community centre and donations to the partnership now mean food supplies are spread over three rooms on site, helping to feed more than 600 families in Pontarddulais.

Swansea Council has been assisting the partnership by helping to deliver the food parcels to local families who are in need.

Catherine Evans, Manager of the Pontarddulais Partnership, said: "The effects of the pandemic have really had an impact on many families in our local area. Some are suffering the impact of not working and others are unable to visit their local shops to buy essential items. We've stepped up our food bank operations to respond to a tripling of normal food requests.

"We have a wonderful team of volunteers at the centre, who are responding to thousands of telephone calls and emails.

"Hundreds of food parcels have now been delivered to those in need in the Pontarddulais area and we have also organized more than 1,000 shopping trips to collect goods for families.

"Each week we move through this crisis, it is taking a massive effort by everyone involved to make sure those in need do not go without."

The foodbank at Pontarddulais is one of 19 in Swansea - all of which are reliant on donations and volunteers to help feed people.

Swansea Council is also resupplying the foodbanks after it created a number of food distribution centres around the city.

Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "The food distribution centres we have quickly set up are providing a vital source of food for all the food banks in the city.

"All the volunteers are providing a lifeline to people throughout Swansea. Without their support and efforts, I've no doubt that families, including young children, would be going without food. I'm proud of what has been achieved so far through team work and commitment."

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