The Leus Family Foundation was thanked this week for its support for Runnymede Foodbank during a ceremony hosted by Runnymede Borough Council at the Councillors’ Hall

The Leus Family Foundation is a long term supporter of the local foodbank and in particular supplied crucial support for families during the pandemic, a period of time when the most vulnerable families suffered acutely from economic hardship.

The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Elaine Gill, has been welcoming several ‘Runnymede Heroes’ to a series of events to thank them for their contribution to the community.

As the group gathered, they shared their experiences of supporting the community.

A supportive community working together

In addition to the Leus Family Foundation’s support of the Runnymede Foodbank, other community members described their contributions, ranging from assisting vulnerable people with the collection of prescriptions and shopping, volunteering for the vaccination programme and outreach to provide company to those especially isolated during the pandemic.

After the introductions were made, refreshments were enjoyed as images of the community rallying during the pandemic were played on a large screen.

Leus Family Foundation thanked at Runnymede Heroes Event
The foodback provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in crisis

Speaking at the event, Dmitry Leus, the founder of the Leus Family Foundation, said: “It was so important to our Foundation to get involved and support the foodbank. It is an important cause to support – none of us can bear the thought of children going without food and parents worrying about being able to put a meal on the table.

“We know the pandemic made life even harder for these vulnerable families and so increased help was urgent. The need is still very much there and we will be committed supporters of the food bank in the years ahead. I was also grateful to meet so many other members of our local community today, who have also been playing an active role to support the most vulnerable.”

‘An absolute lifeline’

The Runnymede Foodbank operates on the principle that no one in the community should have to face going hungry. The organisation explains that they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Runnymede Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

As one visitor to the foodbank added: “The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”