Volunteers from Motivated-Minds based in Basildon have pulled together at this time of crisis to launch a new food bank in Laindon, the only town in the Basildon Borough to not already have a service like this running.

Managing Director, Carla Andrews, has been working with Basildon Council, **** and ***** over the last few weeks to ensure that there are fresh and store cupboard items available for local people that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and they have already supported 77 households since the beginning of the month. 

She said "we are proud to support the Basildon community and enjoy our work very much, but these are worrying times not just for those that we usually support at our Happy Hub in Eastgate Shopping Centre, but for so many people across the world!"

She continued "When we identified that there was not a foodbank already operating in the Laindon area, our volunteers and partners rallied together to get one opened immediately. There are hundreds of people in our Borough that are struggling, and the additional stress the pandemic is causing is phenomenal."

The Motivated-Minds Foodbank is situated at King Edward Community Centre on King Edward Road in Laindon and is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3pm - 6pm and is open to anyone struggling through the crisis.

Carla added "we've been working hard to secure essentials for the foodbank but were delighted to have had Easter Eggs donated from the Rayleigh Lions, and Holland and Barrett too! Plus the Basildon Round Table kindly donated £500 to help further our work, but there are still so many people that need our support!"

To help Motivated-Minds reach out to those most vulnerable during these  uncertain times, visit to make an online donation or to get involved.

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