The Trussell Trust and Wild Goose Cafe

On 25 January, Andy from the Trussell Trust Foodbank Centre in Easton ( and Kevin from the Wild Goose Cafe in St Philips gave a presentation about their work to our students from South Glos W2L.  This group is preparing a Mercedes Vito, donated by Avon and Somerset Constabulary, to suit the needs of those 2 organisations and, of course, to MOT standard.  The vehicle will be used to collect food donated by supermarkets, amongst others, which in turn will be dispersed to those in need in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

The Foodbank had been introduced in Bristol at the start of the millennium and, in 2012, had distributed food parcels to over 2,000 families.

The Wild Goose Cafe has been supported by the 'Secret Millionaire' TV series  It was first set up as a tiny cafe that could cater for a handful of people.  Now it cooks over 400 meals every day, for those most in need, from its base in a renovated pub on Stapleton Road, near Easton Community Centre.

Besides talking about the work that would be carried out by the van, much of the discussion surrounded the case histories of many of the recipients who have fallen upon hard times.  A really useful debate took place on substance misuse and, throughout the presentation, the students were fully engaged.

Funding for this group's Community Vehicle Programme was from the Henry Smith Charity.

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