Ammanford Foodbank celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

Last week Ammanford Evangelical Church invited local Foodbank volunteers to join them for a special Sunday morning service to mark the milestone.

On May 31, the Foodbank in Ammanford will have been active for five years, during which time it has provided emergency support for nearly 7,000 people, almost half whom are children.

Pastor of Ammanford Evangelical Church, Sammy Davies, said: "The idea behind this special service was to say thank you to everyone who volunteers at the Foodbank and to highlight the fact that many people help in different ways, not least of all the community who have donated 65 tons of food to date.

“While the idea of celebrating a Foodbank, something which shows us something of the brokenness of our society, seems odd we felt it was right to thank the many men, women and children who give so much to help those in need.

In attendance were local Foodbank manager Mydrim Davies and Christians Against Poverty debt centre manager Ian Tame.

Mydrim said: "Foodbank is about more than food.

“First and foremost it's about listening to people whatever they are going through.

“It's also about pointing them in the right direction and helping them to find more permanent solutions than the three days emergency food we can supply.

“We're so grateful to everyone who donates food and time to help the Foodbank run but as more and more people access the support it's putting a lot of pressure on our resources.”

Cwmaman Mayor Pauline Barker presented the Foodbank with a cheque of £100 last week from her Mayor’s Fund.

She said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers and without the community support there would be no Foodbank.”

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