Staff at the Swansea Labour-led City Council and partners in local communities have been stepping up to provide for those most in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Teams based at Matthew’s House and Dyfatty Community Centre have been preparing up to 170 meals a day for the homeless thanks to donations from local stores, restaurants, Swansea University local catering company JR Events.
And now the Swansea Together initiative seeking support from the rest of the city to help feed the homeless and others in the coming weeks. They are putting out an appeal for non-perishable food to help tide people over at this difficult time.
Labour Cllr Alyson Pugh, Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: “We’re in great need of UHT milk, pasta, tins, tea and coffee and we’re urging residents to help us out.”
“Council staff, Swansea Council for Voluntary Action, Matthew’s House and Swansea Bay Health Board are masterminding the community effort. We need contributions from local people who will make the difference.
“Council staff directed away from non-essential council services have been working alongside volunteers and they’ve been collect surplus food from supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants and pubs who’ve offered us what they had before they shut down for the duration of the crisis.
“Non-essential council vehicles are being used to support this initiative and council buildings will be used to store and prepare food parcels.”
“We can all play our part. If people are prepared to donate, then they will be helping the most vulnerable get through this crisis. We can do it together.
She said: “We’ll then get the donations packaged up and take it onwards to those most in need.
Among those to have benefited so far are people living in homeless hostels, Matt’s Café and local foodbanks. Apart from Dyfatty, the team has also set up food distribution centres in Clase, Birchgrove and Waunarlwydd.
Cllr Pugh added: “It’s been a brilliant effort so far and I want to thank the council team and everyone else who has got together to make this initiative work as well as it has. We need the whole community to give what they can to support those who most need it.”
Those who want to make a donation can do so by emailing email@example.com or they can contact their Swansea Council Local Area Co-Ordinator (LAC) by going to the council’s LAC page at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination
You can also make a financial donation or find out more about the Swansea Together initiative by going to https://matthewshouse.org.uk/