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Issued: 22 February 2016

National Counties Building Society and the Family Building Society’s Corporate & Social Responsibility (C&SR) Committee have donated £1,500, as well as toiletry and non-perishable food items, to the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank.

The Epsom and Ewell Foodbank provides emergency food to qualifying people who have been referred by Citizens Advice centres, social services or other charities or organisations for various hardship reasons including recent bereavement, low income, redundancy, family breakdown, domestic violence and more.

The Epsom and Ewell Foodbank has been operating for more than three years and in this time has fed approximately 7,500 people. They have trained 350 volunteers and on average generate around 200 hours of volunteering a week. The money donated by the Society’s C&SR Committee is going to be put towards the repairs needed for the Foodbank van that delivers supplies to all the Foodbanks in the area including Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead, Tadworth and Banstead.

Jonathan Lees, who runs the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank says: “The van is a critical distribution tool for us and is used around 3 times a week. It is now 2 years old and due for its first service, so the Society’s donation could not have come at a better time. Plus we really appreciate the Society’s efforts in collecting toiletries and food items together which are essential to help us maintain our stock levels.”

Chief Executive at National Counties Building Society, Mark Bogard, says: “The Society’s Corporate & Social Responsibility Committee is committed to supporting our local community. I am pleased that we are able to help keep the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank’s van on the road, and well stocked, as the service they provide is so critical to those in need in our local community.”

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