Top award recognises Barbara's dedication to March Foodbank
A March woman who set up the town’s Food Bank has been recognised with a special presentation.
Barbara Taylor was presented with a Centennial Plaque by Trevor Stockbridge, president of March Lions.
The plaque is the highest award that can be given by the Lions.
Barbara set up the Food Bank five years ago following presentations to Churches Together in March by the Trussell Trust.
She took on the lead role in setting up the vital facility, which provides a lifeline for families in need.
Barbara negotiated with the Trussell Trust, found storage for food donations and premises for the weekly Food Bank sessions.
She set up all the necessary administrative procedures, recruited and arranged training for volunteers. She also liaised with other agencies and advertised the service.
Barbara then spoke to local supermarkets to establish food collection points, so shoppers could donate while doing their weekly shop.
The Food Bank has now been running successfully for the past five years and Barbara continues to be its co-ordinator, despite working three days a week.
Without her efforts it is unlikely the Food Bank, which helps up to 20 families a week with essential food supplies, would have got off the ground.
The Food Bank is there for anyone in short-term crisis due to unexpected unemployment, benefit delay, debt or sickness.
It works on a voucher basis. Voucher holders are front-line care professionals such as health visitors and care agencies.
They will assess the need for the immediate crisis and give vouchers to clients in need.
March distribution centre is at the Elim Church in City Road car park and runs on Tuesdays, 1pm to 2.30pm.