LA band Bread Over Bombs make special appearance at Keynsham Foodbank

Published on: 03 Dec 2016

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The volunteers who set up Keynsham Foodbank say they didn’t expect that a few years later they would be welcoming an American rock band to their headquarters.

Last month, the team were paid a visit by Brad Mitchell, the founder of Los Angeles-based Bread Over Bombs, a band that combines music and charity to raise funds for the LA Foodbank.

Earlier this year, Iain Aitchison’s Temple Street record store Longwell Records became the first in the UK to stock the group’s eponymous album, with profits from sales going to the town’s foodbank.

During his visit, Brad handed a cheque for £1,500 to Keynsham Foodbank co-ordinator Alan Hale, who said: “We were delighted to welcome Brad and Iain to the foodbank warehouse to thank them for their interest and support. We are grateful to Iain for thinking of us when the link for his business was being formed with the group. We obviously hope that the link will be a very productive and supportive thing for us and indeed Iain.”

Since the foodbank opened in 2013 it has fed one person every day of the year on average, with distribution centres at Keynsham Methodist Church, St Francis Church and in Bishop Sutton.

In the new year, the foodbank will be launching Eat Well Spend Less courses to teach people how to cook on a budget.

Volunteer and qualified nutritionist Philippa Parish will be running the classes after undergoing Eat Well Spend Less training with the nationwide foodbank charity the Trussell Trust.

The free course will be held in St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham and starts on January 10, 2017 at 10am, running through to 12.30pm for six weeks.

There will be two courses on offer with the second course starting on February 21, 2017 at the same time.

Mr Hale said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the foodbank to broaden the service it provides and we are fortunate to have someone as qualified and experienced as Philippa to deliver the courses for us.”

If anyone is interested in booking a space on the course, then they can contact Philippa Parish at eatwellspendless@keynsham.foodbank.org.uk

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