Chirk Community Cupboard project and agree a way forward
BC welcomed YB to the meeting and thanked her for the well
prepared proposal document. YB summarised the quick
development of the project. The main focus of the Community
Cupboard project is to support people in need with food and
secondly to reduce food waste going to landfill.
MH proposed to fully support Yvie and the Community Cupboard
project. FH seconded the proposal.
Members had some questions before voting. JA asked about
risk assessment and health and safety? YB confirmed that
there was a Covid-19 risk assessment for both the delivery
element and the community cupboard element. JA also asked
about use of the toilets. KB confirmed that this is covered
in the Council’s overall Parish Hall risk assessment.
YB explained that there will be a registration process upon
arrival to comply with track, trace and protect, then the
individual makes their food selection and leaves.
Members wanted assurances that this was a food cupboard
only. YB confirmed that it was just the cupboard and no use
of the kitchen facilities would be required.
GB asked what happens with surplus short life food – would
other food banks use it? YB responded that Oswestry food
bank will take anything with a reasonable shelf life on it.
There is also the option to work with Glyn Ceriog community
TE confirmed he was fully supportive of the project as there
are people in need in Chirk. TE added that the Glyn Ceriog
project now has 6-8 volunteers due to being so successful.
YB confirmed that she had visited this project to ascertain
how it operates, and hopes that Chirk can build up to this.
SW asked if deliveries can be done. YB confirmed yes,
especially if people are shielding/isolating.
After the first month, the project can be reassessed and
possibly handed over to volunteers to run.
Members asked about how will people in need be identified.
YB explained that she already had many contacts and people
in need will be targeted. YB also added that the project was
a good way to meet new clients in need of other support
through the Community Agent programme.
SW asked about opening times. YB confirmed that the initial
proposal is 5-7pm on Wednesdays, not too late for the
elderly, after school and after work time. This also
combines with a time slot when the Parish Hall would usually
be open for another event, so there is no additional
staffing resource needed.
YB said that the project is called community cupboard and
not a food bank to remove any stigma associated with a food
bank. It will be open to anyone in Chirk.
NJ proposed an amendment – to support the project with free
use of Committee room 2 until after the pandemic is
GB made a further amendment – to support the project with
free use of the cupboard under the stairs (aka. phone box)
and review once the official end of the pandemic is
declared. TE seconded the proposal. Unanimously agreed.
YB thanked the Council and said it would reflect well on the
Council within the community.