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Food parcels to continue through festive period thanks to Trust

Gwalia Housing Trust has provided £1250 in funding to make sure food donated by retail giant Amazon gets to local people this Christmas and New Year.

Over the past few weeks Amazon’s Jersey Marine distribution centre has been making regular donations of groceries to Swansea homeless charity Cyrenians Cymru. These are packaged up into food parcels and distributed to hundreds of local people in need via a network of 15-20 charitable organisations in the city.

Gwalia Housing Trust stepped in to help Cyrenians Cymru when existing arrangements for storage of the donated food came under threat. The funding will allow the project to run to at least the end of January 2014, whilst Cyrenians Cymru progress plans for a permanent food bank on High Street in Swansea.

"This award means local people in need will continue to receive food parcels throughout the festive period", said Claire Abrahams, Assistant Chief Executive of Gwalia Housing Trust. "The Trust and Cyrenians Cymru have a shared commitment to alleviating poverty. Our award is modest in financial terms considering the scale of Amazon’s donations and the positive impact the programme is having for local people".

Conrad Watkins, CEO of Cyrenians Cymru said: "We are really grateful for the support of Gwalia Housing Trust in providing £1250 to help Cyrenians manage the regular donations from Amazon. This initiative is a great example of how organisations can work together and link up with a retail giant to relieve extreme hardship in the community. Donations are distributed to people in need via a network of organisations around Swansea."