Isle of Wight Council and The Southern Co-operative join forces for Foodbank

Council donates £1,000 to Foodbank, matched by £1,000 of food supplies by Southern Co-operative to help Isle of Wight families in crisis.

Co-op, IWC and foodbank:

This in from the council, in their own words. Ed

The Isle of Wight Council and The Southern Co-operative are working in partnership to make a combined donation of £2,000 worth of food to the Isle of Wight Foodbank.

The move comes in response to the Island’s foodbank plea that their reserves of food for distribution were running worryingly low. At the request of Independent Councillor Luisa Hillard, the Isle of Wight Council has donated £1,000 to support those in crisis.

This has been match funded by £1,000 of food supplies from The Southern Co-operative which runs 12 community food stores on the Island.

Hillard: “A more compassionate council”
Councillor Hillard is the Island’s recently appointed cabinet member for sustainability, and wants to ensure that a longer-term solution to support the foodbank is also investigated. She said:

“When I read that the foodbank was in trouble I immediately raised the issue at County Hall as our Framework for Change states that we will be a more compassionate council.

“There are two issues here. Firstly there is an urgent need to replenish foodbank stocks and I am very pleased that The Southern Co-operative has generously agreed to match fund the council’s £1,000.”

Councillor Hillard added:

“Secondly, we are working with The Southern Co-operative to look at the feasibility of running collection points in their larger Island stores. The aim of this would be to provide ongoing support for the foodbank and avoid the situation we saw over the bank holiday when stocks came close to running out.”

“I am very pleased the council has been able to provide assistance to the Isle of Wight Foodbank which provides valuable, much needed support to many Island households. I would also like to thank The Southern Co-operative for their swift, positive and practical response. This will be a good example of how the public, private and voluntary sectors are able to work together to find effective community solutions to local issues.”

Gemma Lacey, head of sustainability at The Southern Co-operative, said:

“We are pleased to help Isle of Wight Council with this emergency situation and are keen to work with the council to find a sustainable solution that will give long term support to those in need on the Island. A similar scheme in six of our Portsmouth stores, with the generous support of our customers, provides a much needed service to their local communities.”

Hannah King, Manager of the Isle of Wight foodbank said,

“We were thrilled to get this help from the council and from The Southern Co-operative and I am looking forward to working with as many people as possible in making the Isle of Wight Foodbank sustainable.

“There is a tremendous need for foodbank here on the Island and to date local people have generously donated over an amazing 62 tonnes of food. Our current figures show that we are feeding around 100 people per week who are finding themselves in crisis – 45% of these are children.

“This gift and support from the Council and The Southern Co-operative will help us greatly with the needs that we are meeting here at present. This additional offer of help at this time is most welcome.”

Thursday, 30th May, 2013 12:05pm



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Completely outrageous state of affairs form the 7th richest nation on the planet. Nice gesture from the council, some brief alleviation. Some radical solutions needed to counter the total unsustainable situation we’re currently in, and get this turned around. I truly hope people can see the crassness of championing the luxury of a Michelin star eatery whilst others face adversity right under their noses, let’s get real,… Read more »
While I welcome this move by the new Council to provide funds to help the Island’s foodbank, at the end of the day this will not be enough to sort out the growing demand from the growing numbers of people finding themselves in crisis and food poverty. To find a adequate solution as to why this situation even exists, in one of the richest countries on earth,… Read more »
I see you train of thought, Bydway, also the foods that are wasted by restaurants, bistros, cafes, bakeries, eateries, grocers etc etc…. could/should be offered for collection and distribution, I’ll pick the stuff up myself if I can fund it. However, that’s just a token gesture and will not turn back the tide, the situation is far more systemically rooted, I agree with the complete disparity in… Read more »

Hopefully Cameron will take measures to restrain the millionaires hate campaign on the poor, when he returns from his holiday in Ibiza that is


Better that we focus on what we can do, Bystander.


This news must be great encouragement for the Foodbank, and people who use it. There is more to be done, as people here say, but when you are at the sharp end, any sign of concern is appreciated.