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Picnic Box Project UPDATE


Following a conversation with the Hereford Food bank and takling to our local community, the South Wye Development Trust applied for funding from The Herefordshire Community Foundation Covid 19 Emergency fund. 

We wanted to run a Picnic box project from late July, August and September.

The idea was to supply a picnic parcel to help out vulnerable families throughout the school summer holidays, in consultation with local schools and the Hereford Food Bank. The SWDT has a very good relationship with the community and we have lots of volunteers willing to help out.


Thankfully we were awarded the grant meaning that we could go ahead with the project. The first Picnic box was collected on Friday 24th July by a lovely family with twins. Lots of picnic  boxes later we gave away the 550th on Friday 28th August 2020.


In addition to The Herefordshire Community Foundation, we would like to say a



The Hereford Food Bank who generously donated fresh eggs and other goodies




     Asda who donated lots of fresh fruit



                                                             Franks Luxury Biscuits for giving us cookies and cakes



The Hereford River carnival for enabling us to

      give the children activity packs,

  giving them lots of creative things to make. 






S&A Produce who donated 40 punnets

of delicious strawberries every Friday.



Tyrells Crisps generously gave us

              bottles of water,

             bags of popcorn,

          crisps and Jaffa cakes













 Rank Taxis for delivering picnic boxes to those that were not able to collect them


 To all of our staff that worked so hard.


Our amazing volunteers - Andrew, Colin, Tanya, Anne, Trinny, Jazmine and Maria


Our wonderful bakers Sue Evans and Julie Probert who kindly made fresh bakes twice a week.

Delicious flap jacks, tray bakes, cup cakes, cheescakes, shortbread and lots more.



Here are some of the comments that we received.

The feedback has been overwhelming


"The generosity of this programme is incredible and it make me feel so much better knowing my daughter will have a decent meal and enjoy the outdoors at the same time. Thank you so much, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it."


" This project will certainly support us as I was furloughed with a decrease in income resulting in my partner working overtime. we really appreciate the opportunity to get out with the children and make some memories."


" I will be honest; my mental health is at a low at the moment. having these picnic boxes from you have  meant that I don't have to think about what to cook and I have been able to have something yummy and nutritious myself. You'll never know how much it meant to me. XX"



We have supported 70 families - 117 Adults and 170 children

We made over 1148 Sandwiches

Cooked and peeled 792 eggs

Grated 44 large blocks of cheese

Given out 3157 packets of crisps

3157 bottles of water

3157 Bananas, apples, and peaches

3157 pieces of cake

400 punnets of strawberries


We have had so many lovely comments, showing us how this project has had a positive impact on lots of familiesthroughout the school holidays.

We would love to do it again and hope that we can. 








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