RAF Odiham Foodbank Campaign

RAF Odiham have held Station-wide campaign in support of North Hampshire foodbanks.

The concept was simple: Collect food from RAF Odiham personnel and deliver it to local foodbanks, specifically the Andover and Basingstoke branches. The idea came from Sqn Ldr Kenny Wickens who, along with those from Eng and Logs Wg, pushed the campaign across the Station.

Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes and changes to benefits are causing many North-Hampshire families to struggle to put food on the table. RAF Odiham wanted to help.

Paula Vallance, the Basingstoke Foodbank Coordinator said, “Basingstoke Foodbank is non-judgemental and inclusive. It provides assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need.”

The Trussell Trust has a national network of 270 foodbanks operating from Cornwall to Inverness, and that number is increasing at a rate of 2-3 per week. The foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food to people in crisis. The donated food is sorted into nutritionally-balanced bundles and given away to those in genuine need. Every foodbank recipient is referred by a frontline care professional such as a doctor, social worker, church minister or schools liaison officer.

Kenny went to Andover Foodbank to personally deliver the food. He said, “When the idea was first aired at RAF Odiham, the response was overwhelming. Personnel from every section across the Station were keen to get involved and were delighted to provide support.”

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