Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child visits Townhill’s first food bank

The Lord Mayor of City & County of Swansea has visited The Phoenix Centre’s food bank and has kindly donated £150 supermarket vouchers, to help with the stock for emergency food parcels.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child with centre manager Leanne Dower

Townhill food bank, the first for the area, was set up and funded in April by the Local People Project. The team of volunteers are currently helping hundreds of people from Townhill, Mayhill & Gors with emergency supplies weekly.

“With many people finding themselves in times of hardship due to no fault of their own, we had to do something to help. Unfortunately, unemployment rates have soared and Universal Credit payments can take up to 7 weeks after applying. That’s a long time with no income coming in and we don’t want to see anyone in our community ever go without food”, says Leanne Dower.

Each Wednesday the team deliver emergency parcels to members of the community and the Lord Mayor wanted to visit the centre personally to thank the team for their efforts and show support for this vital service.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child, volunteer Susan Milward and Leanne Dower.

The centre welcomes donations of food, toiletries and other essential items that will help those who are in need of extra help and support during this time.

If anyone finds themselves in a position where they need emergency food supplies they can call the Phoenix Centre on a Monday or Tuesday on 01792 478900.