Alwyn's Story

“I cannot say thank you enough to the people at the food bank.”

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The food bank was a lifesaver for Alywn from Northern Ireland, when he and his wife struggled to secure the work that they desperately needed.

The father-of-two explains: “It was very tough. The longest period where we had nothing was a week and a half. I was giving kids sugar to keep their stamina up and hydrating them with lots of water.”

It was through their local citizen’s advice centre, that Alwyn and his family were referred to their local food bank. “The lady gave us a red ticket, I’d never forget it, it was like a kiss from God. She told us if we hand this in they will pack us food,” he explains. “You’ve never seen two adults run faster up the street, to make sure that by the time they get home their kids would have something to eat.”

“We got there and I burst into tears. They offered us a cup of coffee and a biscuit, and it was divine; I’ll never forget it.”

Alywn and his wife were overwhelmed by the welcome they received when they arrived at the food bank: “We got there and I burst into tears. They offered us a cup of coffee and a biscuit, and it was divine; I’ll never forget it.”

And it wasn’t just food that they were able to support his family with: “We got toiletries and the people at the food bank rallied to get us bunk beds, tables and chairs,” he told us.

“They give you support. I know the assistance, gratitude and love that I experienced from the food bank.”

Alywn was also amazed when the food bank surprised him with some festive treats a few days before Christmas: “We had a knock at the door, to be welcomed with big smiles and huge hampers, at a time when I couldn’t give my family anything.”

Since then, Alywn and his family’s circumstances have improved greatly. He and his wife are delighted to have both found permanent jobs and were happy to have been able to move out of their one-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house.

He said: “Our situation has changed dramatically and things are just going from strength to strength. I cannot say thank you enough to the people at the food bank.”

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