Gifted vehicle helps launch charity’s food bank on wheels

Local housing association Aster Group has donated one of its former maintenance vehicles to local charity, Unity, so the team can support more people in rural communities with a new mobile pantry service.

The charity, based in the Test Valley, helps vulnerable people across local towns and villages who are struggling with the cost of food. They can also choose from fresh produce from Unity’s own allotment.

The new mobile pantry service will travel to doorsteps in rural villages where residents can buy essentials like pasta, rice and flour at a fraction of the normal cost.

Terry Bishop, Chief Executive of Unity, said: “We’re delighted to have been gifted this vehicle which will mean we can provide a rural pantry style service to those in the community who are struggling with the cost of living. 

“To be able to reach those who may not have transport or means to access services in local towns, is really important. Working with our partners, this vehicle will also mean we can promote other services and support available to help people improve their health and wellbeing. 

“Our sincere thanks go to Aster for their kind donation which will make such a difference across Test Valley.”

Gary Prince, Regional Operations Director at Aster Group said: “As soon as we heard about Unity’s plans for the new mobile pantry service we were more than happy to support them. We’re glad that the vehicle will help them to reach more people with their important work.

“Now more than ever, services like Unity’s are a crucial role supporting vulnerable people in our communities and we look forward to seeing them out and about across the area.”

The vehicle is now being transformed ready to make deliveries to those in need, helping to keep their kitchens stocked up with healthy food.

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