A foodbank set up by Crewe Christian Concern has provided vital support for cash strapped families in Crewe and the surrounding areas.

In the last three years the project, which has been supported by Bentley Motors, has seen 40,000 meals given out to nearly 4,500 people in need.

Referrals to the foodbank have increased significantly over the last year with the scheme helping people who have experienced a change in their circumstances, whether that be in their employment, housing, or unexpected bills and other debts. The foodbank provides food parcels to get them through a period where they have no other income.

Crewe Christian Concern, which operates out of St. Paul’s Church in Hightown, provides a number of valuable services to the local community, all based around practical support. Their foodbank has been facilitated by Cheshire Community Foundation, who have brought together businesses such as Bentley who wanted to invest in the project.

Rob Wykes, Director at Crewe Christian Concern, said: “Our foodbank project has been a huge success to date and we’d like to extend our thanks to both Bentley Motors, who are great advocates for social responsibility and Cheshire Community Foundation, who are great facilitators. Together, we’re making a difference.”

Sally Hepton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Bentley Motors in Crewe, said: “Crewe Christian Concern has grown tremendously in recent years.  It’s helped a lot of people and we’ve been very pleased to support it.”

“It’s through Cheshire Community Foundation that we were able to find Crewe Christian Concern. I think most companies want to get out there and do something in their communities but can struggle with where to start. We’ve worked for Cheshire Community Foundation for the last four years and trust the service they provide us.”

Zoe Sheppard, Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to bring together local businesses such as Bentley with very deserving charities like Crewe Christian Concern on a daily basis across Cheshire and Warrington.”