On Friday 11th December staff from across the council, and supporting companies, dressed down in exchange for donations to local food banks.‘Fashion for food’ is an annual appeal co-ordinated by the council’s Caerphilly Homes team, who are responsible for housing in the county borough.
A number of suppliers and contractors also donated to the appeal including Robert Price Builders’ Merchants, Contract Services, Mi-Space, Spotless Recruitment, Keepmoat, Wavin, Redring, Seren, Spirotech, Nuaire, Worcester, Marley, F & P, Wholesale, Crabtree, AKW, Pegler, 3D, Nicobond,. Rangemaster, Quinn, Carrara & Matta, LED Robus and Rixonway. The companies are all currently working with the council on delivery of its £200 million Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme.
All donations were distributed equally to four food banks in the county borough: in Blackwood, Caerphilly, New Tredegar and Risca.
Last month the Trussell Trust reported that their food banks had given more emergency supplies to people in the first six months of financial year 2015/16 than in the same period last year. The number of people relying on food banks is likely to increase significantly over winter, as people low incomes have to decide between eating and heating.
Cllr David Poole, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, said “With the steady rise in the number of people accessing food banks in recent years, the council’s annual ‘Fashion for Food’ appeal is more important than ever. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for families on low incomes and local food banks provide a lifeline for many. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our suppliers and contractors who donated considerably to the appeal.”