Digging deep to support the community

bpha employees have been doing their bit to support people in Bedford by generously donating to the town’s foodbank. In a day-long drive around the town, members of the bpha Community Development team stopped at various pick-up points.

They were met by colleagues, who are now mostly working from home, who were laden with food, toiletries and nappies all destined for the Bedford Foodbank.

Kim Burrows, bpha Community Development Officer, was part of the collection team and said: “This activity proved what we already knew, that bpha employees are a generous bunch who truly care about the people in our communities. We plan to repeat this collection again soon and I know that colleagues will be equally giving.”

bpha employees donated an impressive 231.6kg to the foodbank at the end of the day, equivalent to 97 full meals.

On receiving the donation Andrea Badman, Assistant Project Manager at Bedford Foodbank, said: “These donations will really make a difference to families and those in need living in Bedford. Collections like this will help us to continue supporting our community during this uncertain time.”

“These donations will really make a difference to families and those in need living in Bedford.”

Food hampers for vulnerable families

During the school holidays, bpha is giving support to residents whose income or circumstances have been severely affected by the pandemic. Hampers of fresh, healthy food are being delivered by employee volunteers to around 30 families in need of emergency support.

Employees have nominated families who have contacted bpha for advice and support in these challenging times, with the focus on those families that wouldn’t necessarily qualify for the government free school meals voucher scheme during the school holidays.

The bpha hampers include a range of basic foods such as fresh fruit, milk, cereals, eggs, potatoes, tins of tuna, dried pasta, tins of chopped tomatoes, cheese and biscuits and more – enough food to last about a week.

Support for you

Although we’re unable to provide hampers to every family that’s struggling we are able to offer support and signposting if you are having financial difficulty or feeling isolated. Please get in touch, we’ve helped lots of residents manage their debts, apply for benefits and budget their income during the pandemic, as well as signpost to partner agencies for support. For practical and confidential advice, contact bpha’s Money Advice Service on 0330 100 0272.