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Providing essential support for Corfe Mullen’s food bank in Dorset

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How volunteer Heather Booth used the funding to help Corfe Mullen Foodbank improve the service they offer to their local community.

I’m committed to supporting people in need, particularly in my local area. After receiving an email about the Foundation Mutual Community Awards, I applied for funding on behalf of the Corfe Mullen Food Bank, an organisation I volunteer for which was in need of urgent financial support.

Corfe Mullen isn’t that well known outside of Dorset, but it’s actually one of the biggest villages in the UK. Residents are really proud of the local area and its safe, community atmosphere. However, due to the recession, we have many families living below the poverty line who are struggling to afford the basics. In May 2013, we did some research and discovered 8.9% of residents in the wider area live below the poverty line – that’s over 900 people who, in a time of crisis or if their benefits are delayed, might rely on our help.

"I was delighted when we received funding as it enabled us to complete the food bank storage area"

Once we started to appreciate the role the food bank played in our community, the next step was to create a development plan. It was at this point I applied for funding from the Foundation. Their Community Award would enable us to create a food store that met environmental health standards and would allow us to arrange food collections, publicity, vouchers and volunteer training.

"We discovered that 8.9% of local residents live below the poverty line – that’s over 900 people"

I was delighted when we received funding as it enabled us to finish off the food bank storage area. We’ve installed washable flooring, lockable doors and vermin-proofing and it’s also been cleaned and painted. In addition this, we’ve purchased a computer and a phone to run the store more efficiently. With all of this in place, we can now focus on getting food donations in and giving them out to those who need them.

"Now, we can provide essential support to even more local families"

When I applied for support via the Foundation Community Awards, I wasn’t sure if we’d get funding, but I was so pleased when we did. Now we can provide essential support to even more local families, and we’ll also be ready for winter, which is always a period of high demand for our service.