Tunde Balogun, senior pastor at Kingsborough Family Church, has written to the Gazette and volunteers to give his thanks for the 'phenomenal success' of moving Hillingdon Foodbank to a temporary warehouse.
The Uxbridge church - which runs the foodbank - handed the keys to its old warehouse in Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, back to the landlord yesterday (Wednesday).
The lease on the space ran out in December, leaving the foodbank without storage for thousands of tonnes of food.
Mr Balogun wrote: “It gives me great delight to express my gratitude to you and your organisation, on behalf of the Hillingdon Foodbank. The phenomenal success of moving the foodbank to a temporary warehouse facility is a reflection of your ever increasing dedication to the aim and goal of the Hillingdon Foodbank.
“Your enthusiasm to support us; especially over the critical past few weeks is commendable. It was rough, weighty and almost seemed impossible, but thank God, we got there in the end.”
Hillingdon Council have given the foodbank a temporary warehouse in Cowley for three months and volunteers have already helped to move 5,000 tonnes of long life food into the storage space.
A further 3,000 tonnes are being kept at Harrow Foodbank’s warehouse in Northwood Hills.
“All this would not have been a success without your involvement, assistance, willingness and that of the many other volunteers and partners who rose up to the challenge by answering our call for help and donated their time and resources. Thank you,” Mr Balogun added.
While the temporary lease takes the pressure off the foodbank staff for a short while, there is still a desperate need to find a permanent warehouse to stock food needed by people in the borough who cannot afford to eat.
The foodbank was forced to cut down the distribution of food earlier this month while volunteers frantically searched for a new premises.
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