The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation are delighted to announce that we delivered 1454 meals to those in need across the Wakefield district throughout the festive period.
With the preliminary target of 1000 meals set and smashed within the first six days of the event, the foundation and our 122 volunteers were eager for more, reaching the 1400 mark on the final day.
This improved volunteer figure meant the project could expand and we could double our reach across the city. Following this, another hub was setup, with the event operating out of both Rycroft Leisure Centre and the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Other measures were also put in place to ease the transition of meals and to increase the rate of demand, the club’s main number was turned into a hotline for the event, where our volunteers would spend their time answering calls and noting down addresses, ready for another batch of deliveries.
However, this event wouldn’t have been manageable or possible without the team effort of LD Nutrition, who donated their man-hours to produce and supply freshly cooked, healthy meals ready to be served.
As a foundation, we were never going to eradicate poverty, however, making a small dint over Christmas could make a world of difference and our Head of Foundation, Craig Shepherd, hopes that has been achieved.
“I don’t think the event has done much in terms of preventing poverty, what we have tried to do is plug a gap and there is a lot more work still to be done,” Shepherd explained.
“Some of the families that we helped support may be temporarily out of work due to factors associated with Covid-19.
“However, this is what life is like for some families year-round, not just at Christmas, and there is a lot of organisations that support them.”
Off the back of what has been a bleak year in many books, the foundation’s Big Feed event has shown some positives amongst many negatives.
Now, as 2021 begins, Shepherd is hopeful of a positive year as the foundation continues to change lives for the better.
“What we have done and achieved throughout ‘The Big Feed’ and 2020 will stand us in good stead as we enter 2021, mainly because we have shown what type of demand there is,” said Shepherd.
“The numbers have grown as the project has gone on and on the second to last day, we tipped 260 meals – the most in one day – leaving just 90 for our final few hours.
“Overall, it has shown us that what we have done over the eight days has been appreciated because if we hadn’t been here, that is 1400 meals not entering the homes of our community.
“So, next year, the sky is the limit.”
The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation would like to take the time to thank all volunteers for Minster Law, Wakefield District Housing, Wakefield Council, Turning Point, Cash Wise, NCS and both the Wakefield Trinity Ladies Rugby League and Football sides for their outstanding and dedicated contribution.
We’re hoping 2021 will be even bigger and better for our projects.