Uttlesford Foodbank has welcomed two new appointments to its board of trustees, and members of the team recently visited the Trussell Trust roadshow in London.

Kate Douch and Samantha McReynolds have both joined the board, bringing extensive legal and fundraising experience to the team.

This year the foodbank is marking its 10th anniversary, and has seen increasing demand over the last few years.

As the cost of living crisis affects residents, the foodbank has seen donations decline, and the trust is now focusing on the long-term strategy for the district.

The board is now looking for more trustees to join the team. They are keen to have applications from those involved in organisations south of the district, with experience of PR, charity governance or fundraising. 

They would also like representation from those with lived experience of foodbank use.

Anyone interested in joining the board of trustees should contact Richard Porch at chair@uttlesford.foodbank.org.uk for more information and an application form.


Campaign and advocacy officer Des Ashton, general manager Katy Mendes-Day and assistant manager Jennie Brown recently attended the Trussell Trust roadshow.

A spokesperson for the foodbank said: "It was great to hear from Trussell Trust leaders and external experts, meet with other foodbank teams, and attend workshops with practical ideas and inspiration."

The Trussell Trust is an anti-poverty charity and community of foodbanks.