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Monday, 21 June 2021

Sewa Day helps set up Rushcliffe’s first Food Bank

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Sewa Day Nottingham, a charity which promotes performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward, is preparing to setup the first food bank in Rushcliffe.

Over 2,000 children are trapped in poverty across Rushcliffe according to the No Child Left Behind Campaign.

Sewa Day wants to support children and families in Rushcliffe and help alleviate food poverty.

There were many challenges in finding a suitable venue to host the foodbank but a local Football club came forward.

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West Bridgford Colts are supporting the charity and also allowing their premises to be used as storage space for food and supplies.

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Peter Stansbury, Chair of Trustees at West Bridgford Colts said: “We are absolutely delighted to help Sewa Day Nottingham with the fantastic work they do to support those in need. As a club we are proud of the work we do in our community and when Hetvi approached us to ask for our support we were only too happy to help.”

Rushcliffe is an affluent area and it is sometimes assumed that no one needs help and support in the region.

Sewa Day is looking to support you whether you are a family struggling because of losing your job, a person with disability or you are a survivor of domestic violence. The charity are ready to support in a confidential manner. Sewa Day also welcome referrals from schools, health visitors, midwives, Citizens Advice Bureau, social workers, doctors surgeries or places of worship.

Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards says, “Hetvi and her team are outstanding community activists across the whole of Rushcliffe, and Hetvi’s efforts were recently recognised in the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Awards. I am excited to hear about her new plans to continue her work delivering support to those that need it beyond Covid-19.

Thanks to the backing of West Bridgford Colts Football Club, Hetvi has managed to secure a base to launch her next initiative from mid-June and will work alongside local GPs and nurses, local supermarkets and the rotary club to help identify those who need support.

The project has the potential to go from strength to strength and I would like to wish Hetvi and all her volunteers the very best in their new venture.”

Over the past year during the pandemic, Sewa Day volunteers in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire have worked tirelessly to distribute food to foodbanks and support carers, including key workers and frontline NHS staff on shifts.

They are supported by various organisations and charities including Sai Dham Nottingham, the Hindu Temple, Communities Working Together, FareShare Midlands, Morrisons and the Rotary Club of Rushcliffe to name a few.

Sewa Day’s current projects include two community kitchens at the Hindu Temple and Sai Dham where over 300 meals are cooked every week and members of the community are supported in accessing groceries.

In addition, food is served every week in Nottingham city centre to homeless people. Foodbanks and community groups are supported with perishable and non-perishable food. Some past work also includes getting food parcels, activity packs and Xmas presents to children and needy families.

Kelly Uveges community champion at Morrisons Gamston is excited to be supporting Sewa Day Nottingham in their endeavours. She says “A foodbank in Rushcliffe has never happened before and we look forward to supporting the local community”.

Simone Connolly, Director of FareShare Midlands says “We are grateful to have Sewa Day be part of our network of 500+ Community Food Members working across the Midlands, and specifically Nottingham to support families and individual living in food poverty. Together, we are able to take quality surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and put it to great use. The Sewa Day team have been doing an exceptional job on the ground, from creating food parcels to cooking a variety of cooked meals out of their FareShare food deliveries. We are always amazed by their work.”

Sewa Day appeals to the Rushcliffe community for any donations and for volunteers. If you live or work in Rushcliffe and either want support for yourself or for the people you support, please get in touch at rushcliffefoodbank@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/sewadaynotts or call us on 07581 422 396.

Alternatively you can self refer by using this link below is- tiny.cc/rushcliffefb