During a visit to the Carmarthen Food Bank, Professor Medwin Hughes, High Sheriff of Dyfed, presented a certificate on behalf of the shrievalty to record and celebrate the distinctive contribution made by the venture.
Professor Hughes, who is also the vice-chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, paid tribute to the professional service, care and committed support offered to members of the community by staff and volunteers at the centre.
He said: “As part of my role as High Sheriff of Dyfed, I am keen to encourage more volunteering within the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion and also to acknowledge the excellent community service undertaken by such organisations as the Carmarthen Food Bank and the Trussell Trust.
During his visit on Friday 13th May, Professor Hughes and his wife Fiona Capmbell-Hughes visited the Xcel Project Centre, which is home to the Food Bank, and met with the centre manager Paul Griffiths and staff and volunteers.
Paul Griffiths, Xcel Centre Manager, said: “The Xcel Project was set up by Towy Community Church more than five years ago and Carmarthen Food Bank was one of the first parts of the project to run.
“Over this time, the Food Bank has donated food to more than 6,000 people in the community and was the fastest growing Food Bank in Wales last year.
“This valuable service would not be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers and receiving this certificate from the High Sheriff of Dyfed is an extremely proud moment for all involved with the project.”