On 17 November 2010 Dame Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam Global, visited Ebbw Vale foodbank in Wales to discuss the impact that the project is having on helping people to break out of poverty during the difficult economic climate.
Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme helps fund Ebbw Vale foodbank. Dame Stocking met staff and volunteers at the foodbank, finding out first-hand how a foodbank works.
She said: ‘It was great to have the chance to visit one of Oxfam’s projects in Wales and to see how The Trussell Trust are helping people in the Ebbw Vale area through the foodbank. It was clear to me that as well as the immediate and practical support The Trussell Trust offers people with food parcels, the additional aspects of the projects such as the radio station and skills development are also vital to help people build confidence and the means to break out of poverty.’
Thanks to Oxfam’s funding, Adrian Curtis, our Foodbank Regional Development Officer for Wales is able to spend more time setting up foodbanks right across Wales.