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
BIG THANK YOU to:
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.