SWINDON Foodbank is set for a record year, as more families face hunger.

The essential service is working with Cricklade-based distributors GWP Packaging on new plans to help them become more efficient over the busy winter period.

The firm has also given handling boxes to the foodbank.

Swindon Foodbank manager Cher Smith said: “We handled and distributed 47 tonnes of food in 2016, but 2017 is on course to be well over 50 tonnes.

“We are getting to a stage where we are having to look at ways of improving the efficiency of our operations to cope, and are being supported by local businesses in doing so.

“We recently received a donation of handling boxes from local manufacturer GWP Packaging, which makes sorting the donations and getting food to the distribution centres so much easier.

“As we need to weigh in all donations, manage stock rotation, best before dates and keep an eye on overall stock levels, even small improvements can make a big difference and help our wonderful teams of volunteers be even more productive.

“The boxes make a real difference to us and I’d like to thank GWP for their help, and indeed all of the generous companies in Swindon who support us in varying ways.”

Ruth Cook, managing director of GWP Packaging, added: “We have worked with Swindon Foodbank in one way or another for around 4 years now, and continue to be impressed with fantastic service they offer in what are frequently difficult conditions.

“We are happy and proud to support them in whatever ways we can, and would encourage others to do so as well.”

For more about donating to Swindon Foodbank, visit: swindon.foodbank.org.uk