Corsham Churches Food Banks Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Suddenly the world changed overnight, large numbers of people found themselves unable to leave home due to the government legislation. The roads became very quiet and people in the main stayed indoors as requested by the authorities.

The Coronavirus has raised its head in our community. The problem we were about to face hit hard, as a large number of volunteers with the Corsham Churches Food Bank (CCFB) are retired. The very age group that were at highest risk of contracting this virus. I personally had to remain indoors for the duration of this pandemic. Being concerned about the effect of the efficiency of the CCFB, as I for one was not allowed out of the house due to my own health issues. I need not have feared as Chairman Steve put a call out and the people of Corsham and surrounding area responded brilliantly, some twenty new volunteers appeared. Unfortunately, we could not take them all on due to new government rulings. The new Social Distancing rules dictated how many people could be in a given space and hold meetings in small groups.
People from the Corsham and surrounding area could have not been more generous, to say the least, and for that we say thank you.

All this while ensuring social distancing, face masks were worn, washing of hands etc was observed. In no time at all Theresa and Angela had teams organised, rotas prepared, and training organised for collection, marking and packing in St Aldhelm’s Church premises. To those we took on thank you for all the hard work you put in and still more to come. A special thanks to all those who provided gifts of money, food and time. A special thanks to Angela Cotterill and Theresa Matthews for taking on the responsibilities of organising everything. A special thanks to Roger Savin for cleaning up after each session and looking after the safety aspects.

From the Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters to all you from our hearts

THANK YOU!

John Johnston

Vice Chairman of Trustees