Bristol based charity, The Matthew Tree Project, has been awarded £94,000 by The Big Lottery Fund to upscale its food distribution logistics operation to efficiently handle the growing volume of food collected and redistributed in support of its pioneering ‘Rebuilding Lives’ crisis support and social change work in the region.
The Matthew Tree Project are actively inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from groups who might like to consider becoming a service delivery partner and are opening this invitation up to all areas of Bristol and also Weston-Super-Mare and Bath.
The Matthew Tree Project (TMTP) provides emergency crisis support and a full wrap-around range of services to enable an individual or a family living in Greater Bristol to recover from crisis and rebuild a happier, healthier and better life. By providing weekly supplies of food, for the whole family, a safe and positive environment is created where the charity can get to the heart of the matter that caused the crisis and work towards empowering and enabling the client to address the underlying causes.
Currently TMTP collects surplus food directly from the food industry; receives food donations from the general public; and is the beneficiary of a high number of food appeal collections organised by large employers, schools, churches, and community groups. This kindly donated food is then sorted and organised at the current TMTP food hub in Knowle before being given out to people and families in need through its four Support Centres located in some of the most deprived areas of the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Presently, TMTP give out the equivalent of approximately 4500 meals each week. And the demand is rising.
“We have outgrown our present food distribution hub, and desperately needed more space, better equipment and more man power to enable us to safely sort and handle the food we are kindly given. This award could not have come at a better time and we are now able to underpin all of our food logistic operations for many years to come” commented Mark Goodway, The Matthew Tree Project founder & CEO, “the quality and range of foods we are now providing is quite amazing; from chilled to frozen to fresh to packets and tins and even gourmet meals!”
The food is vitally important and this is what brings people to the charity in the first instance but it is in the emotional, well-being and practical support where the charity truly excels as seen from a recent e-mail received from one of their clients. “Dear Matthew Tree Project, I need to say a massive ‘Thank you’ for all the emotional, physical and general ‘well-being’ support you have given me over the last year. I have paid my friend off fully, and couldn’t have done this without the support from TMTP. TMTP have been an awesomely consistent support, genuine. SO ‘thanks a mill, or in Irish ‘go raibh ma a goot.’ There have been some weeks, TMTP saved my life more than once… SO thank you, from the heart.”
The charity is at a very exciting time in its development. In addition to the new Distribution Centre, recently TMTP purchased a 7.5t MAN lorry, which will enable the essential crisis support services provided to reach into new areas of need in the city and region. “We are inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from potential new partners to work with us in delivery of our innovative ‘Rebuilding Lives’ model from April 2018,” stated Mark Goodway, “and we would encourage any organisation or church or community group who would like to find out more and be considered as a ‘Rebuilding Lives’ delivery partner to get in touch. Training, systems and procedures will be provided in addition to the food supplies needed to support people and families in need in this highly effective and pioneering way.”
For further details contact: Mark Goodway, The Matthew Tree Project Founder & CEO
10 Filwood Broadway, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1JN
0117 966 8071