The following letter has been received by the Council:
Dear Graham and the Town Council, On behalf of the Brightlingsea Foodbank, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brightlingsea Town Council for their unfailing support of our foodbank. Letting us use the hall every Wednesday is a supportive gesture, and much appreciated.
Our recent fund raiser, manning the tea tent at the Brightlingsea Free Music Festival, again exceeded our expectations. Our efforts this year were made all the easier as we had the brand-new coffee urn, loaned by the council, to use! It makes l 00 cups of coffee per 15 litres and was so much easier to manage than numerous family percolators!
We made a clear profit of £1,555.40p. This will be split with the Music Festival organisers, giving us £777.70p each (it costs them over £20,000 to stage the Music Festival each year).
The Brightlingsea Foodbank’s share will go into the account designated solely for Brightlingsea Foodbank’s use in Brightlingsea. Some of the money will be used to fund a new pilot scheme we are attempting this summer. We are putting together our own lunch packs for schoolchildren who would normally have free school meals.
We liaised with the infant/junior combined school, who sent out the information to the families concerned. We have been using some of the money to purchase fresh food for the packs (e.g. butter spread, bread, cheese etc.) Also, we have had fresh fruit and veg. from the community (Brightlingsea never lets us down!). If successful, we will try to involve the Caine School next year as well.
Coordinator, Brightlingsea Foodbank. (in partnership with Colchester & Wivenhoe Foodbanks)