Supporting Youth Led South Feast Pantry Foodbank

Encon Construction’s Hartcliffe Way Project supports Youth Led South Feast Pantry Foodbank! Project Bristol’s newest recycling centre is already delivering value in the community, with £1000 from the project’s sustainability fund being donated to the youth-led South Feast Pantry Project at Bridge Learning Campus. The money will be used to support the project in tackling food poverty in the area through training volunteers and enabling the Grassroot Communities project to continue running.

Food poverty in some deprived areas of Bristol has increased due to the Covid 19 pandemic, which is why we’re supporting projects like the South Feast Pantry that ensure families in the BS13 postcode have access to food and hygiene products. Encon Construction are currently constructing the new Bristol City Council Reuse and Recycling Centre that will be operated by Bristol Waste Company.

Ben Carpenter, Youth and Community Worker at Grassroot Communities said “The project supported local communities in need who experienced food poverty and particularly youth food poverty. Of the original 13 young people involved in developing the project, 10 of those young people are still running the South Feast Pantry project and have cited growing in confidence, being part of something, having fun, learning new skills, helping other people, believing in themselves and being more willing to challenge themselves as outcomes of engaging in the South Feast Pantry project.

The food bank has supported over 300 young people to date who come from a community recognised as being in the top 10-1% areas of deprivation in the country. Grassroot Communities have now handed the project over to a local resident, Morrisons member of staff and a school teacher to continue the project, with young leaders leading on what direction the project goes in. Grassroot Communities have had many moments when the young people’s ideas have been tried and failed and this has been the motto of the project – don’t be afraid to try and learn from what hasn’t worked and go again.

We would like to thank Encon Construction for the invaluable funding to enable this vital project to continue.”

Antonia John, Social Value Manager at Encon Construction said “As part of the Hartcliffe Way HRRC project, we advertised a sustainability fund where local charities and not for profit groups could apply to fund local projects. Encon were very pleased to be able to support this local project, that not only provides much needed food and hygiene products for those in need, but supports the growth of confidence and skills of the young people running the project.”