Downwell in the Community – Thurrock Foodbank

As a company Downwell are committed to support the communities where we work by
supporting business and working with the community. We also try to help the local community to where we are based in Thurrock. Part of this involves supporting local charities and we have adopted the Thurrock Foodbank as a charity which we try and support where we can. Last year we were able to donate some fire damaged stock from a burnt out chemist to them which included Shampoos, Soap and Dishwasher Tablets.

This year we donated our time.

Helping out at the Thurrock Foodbank

Business Development Manager Alan Knight and Project Co-Ordinator Matthew High offered their services to the Foodbank to help out for a day.  At this time of the year the foodbank make up Christmas Hampers to donate to families and individuals who really need it. With this in mind Alan and Matthew filled their trolley with Christmas puddings, mince pies and cook in sauces and set off to the foodbank.

Dressed in their Christmas jumpers they arrived at the foodbank and met all the volunteers (also dressed in Christmas jumpers) who give up their time to work one or two days a week. Every bit of food that is donated to the centre has to be weighed and logged so Downwell’s donation entered on the system.

Alan and Matthew were soon put to work as there is always plenty to do. They have volunteer van drivers who go out and collect food from the various collection points. Throughout the day the good folk of Thurrock were also bringing in food and the warehouse began to get very full.

The volunteers including Helen, Margaret, Deborah, Sandra, Derek and Ian made us feel very welcome.

Once the food has been weighed it has to be sorted for date to ensure it is fit to go out again. This is done by identifying the best before date and writing it clearly on the cans etc. As you can imagine it is very time consuming and this is why they rely on volunteers.

At lunchtime Downwell bought everyone lunch and sat down to talk to the volunteers. They work extremely hard and give us much time as they can. There is a great team spirit amongst them and Alan and Matthew really enjoyed the day.

Thurrock foodbank are always please to hear from individuals or companies that would like to help out in any way they can. For more information:

Visit the Foodbank Website for more information

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I Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and Matthew for coming in and helping today, it really was a huge help, you were both so willing to do whatever we asked of you.

Helen - Centre Manager

100 years of demolition experience


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