A local charity which works to address poverty and empowers people “to move from crisis to independence” is looking to expand – after introducing a radical new Mobile Foodstore.
The Matthew Tree Project (TMTP) has been running its ‘Rebuilding Lives’ programme four days a week from different support centres across Bristol, with a base in Filwood Broadway.
The charity helps anyone referred by one of 90 organisations – as well as GPS, schools, hospitals and social workers.
Due to the introduction of its innovative Mobile Foodstore – the first of its kind in the UK – TMTP is now able to operate on a fifth day (Thursday).
TMPT founder Mark Goodway explains: “…With the Mobile Foodstore all the food is in the lorry and all you need is a space where you can park it. It enables you to access areas of need more easily…”
The project will expand to North Bristol and increase its operations in South Gloucestershire in the New Year and TMTP is also planning a launch in London.
The charity is also accepting expressions of interest from new host partner organisations – to provide the venue and become part of the service delivery.
Mark adds: “The host partner venue becomes highly cherished and a focal point of the community – as high numbers of people and families in crisis come weekly for essential support provided by the skilled staff and trained volunteers…”
A client and Knowle resident says: “…The team are amazing and friendly and it’s like another family. There’s no judgement – just great help and makes the unfortunate feel better. Couldn’t manage without them.”