The founders of Carmarthen Foodbank have been given a special award for helping to provide food to thousands of local people who have found themselves in crisis.
The Rotary Club of Tywi hosted a ceremony to celebrate and recognise local people who have made a difference in and around Carmarthenshire.
Carmarthen Foodbank manager Share Bower and Administrator Nicky Harding both received a personal Outstanding Service Award for their efforts in setting up and running the bank.
The Foodbank was set up in September 2010 by Towy Community Church partnered with The Trussell Trust. Share and Nicky, both members of the church, ran it from a tiny office in the centre of Carmarthen.
They have, over the last two years, moved premises to Johnstown located on the same site as Xcel Bowl and become part of the Xcel Project.
Since opening the Foodbank they have donated and given out over 34,000kgs. They have fed more than 4,012 people since opening and were the fastest growing Foodbank in Wales during the last financial year (2014/15) with a 56 per cent usage increase.
Share Bower said: Nicky and I feel very honoured to have been given these awards by the Rotary Club.
“All users of the Foodbank have been sent to us by local organisations as they are deemed to be in absolute crisis, in return they received three days of essential food items plus the help and support needed to get them back on their feet.
“It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that we are helping so many local families and thank you to everyone who has ever donated food or time to us.”
The Foodbank now has a team of over 15 volunteers and is the 19th busiest in Wales.