Taste of Bath which works across Wiltshire, has launched a new campaign to support its official charity partner, Bath Foodbank, by donating £1 for every hamper the company sells.
Founded by Helen Rich in 2015, Taste of Bath brings the very best food products from Bath and its surrounds together via an online marketplace, making it easy for customers to buy local treats or find the perfect gift.
The new charity initiative devised by the business is Taste of Bath’s biggest ever, and it is already making an enormous difference with £1,500 donated to Bath Foodbank over the past six weeks alone.
This donation is enough to fund approximately 60 individual parcels, each providing three days’ worth of food for one person, or 23 family parcels providing three days’ worth of food for a family of four.
Helen Rich said, “It’s truly heart-warming to know we’ve been able to help so many people already.
“At Taste of Bath, we know that being able to enjoy food and drink as a luxury as well as a necessity puts us in a privileged position, and we believe that gives us a responsibility to help look after those who are struggling.
“Foodbank use has been steadily increasing in recent years, and with a major cost-of-living crisis ongoing and likely to get worse this winter, more people than ever will find themselves in need of foodbank services.
“We’ve always been passionate about giving back to our local community and in the past we’ve worked with numerous local charities. Bath Foodbank have been our official charity partners for a year now and we’ll be donating £1 from every hamper we sell (including the large volume of hampers we supply to business customers) with no hidden costs or deductions.”
In addition to helping to fund emergency food parcels for people in crisis, Taste of Bath is also a longstanding supporter of the Bath Bookbank – a collaboration between Bath Foodbank and the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.
The Bookbank offers free new books for children and teens to keep.
Helen added, “We’ve had a lot of discussions about the idea that food is not the only sustenance we need, and we’re delighted to have been able to help make Bath Bookbank a reality.
“The National Literacy Trust’s 2022 Annual Literacy Survey found that almost one in five children aged 5-8 don’t have a single book of their own at home, a shocking statistic that Bath Bookbank will help to work against in our local area.”
Wiltshire-based producers championed through Taste of Bath include, Box Steam Brewery, Coco Chemistry, Meg’s Cottage Fudge, Whitehall Vineyard
Taste of Bath offers a bespoke business service as well as a personalised gift guide. Visit Taste of Bath online at: taste-of.co.uk