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Fundraisers offer food for thought on Foodbankathon

Fundraisers offered ‘food’ for thought on Monday when they took to Coventry’s streets to raise awareness and funds for the city’s foodbank.

Coventry Foodbank founder Canon Gavin Kibble MBE was joined by supporters dressed as food items, as he took on a 34km route around the city’s 15 foodbank centres.

Foodbankathon, Coventry

The second Foodbankathon, starting from the most westerly foodbank centre in Canley and culminating at St Catherine’s Church in Stoke Aldermoor, raised £2,500 towards the work of the charity.

The only runner to take on the route was Coventry Foodbank’s Rich Smith, pictured below, who completed it in just under three-and-a-half hours.

He reflected on his motivation for the challenge: “Taking part in the Foodbankathon was a great, albeit challenging, experience. My family came along to support me, which was kind of them because I started at 6am. I prefer running in the cool of the morning. The route was longer than I’d usually run, so it did feel like a push.

Foodbankathon, Coventry


“When I finished at St. Catherine’s at 9.30am, I was hungry – I’d not really eaten before starting the run – but my wife had brought food for me at the finish line.

“I had the option to eat, but there are people around Coventry who don’t have that choice. Over the past year, we’ve had a guy called Dave who came to the foodbank. He’s a father with three children and the main earner in his household. He lost his job unexpectedly, and while he had savings to cover bills for a while, his family were struggling to afford food.

Foodbankathon, Coventry

“Coventry foodbank were able to help him with food parcels for a few weeks until he managed to find another job. That’s the gap we’re standing in – offering support for those who are in food crisis, often through no fault of their own. Currently, we’re feeding over 500 people, like Dave, each week across Coventry.”

Indeed, over 250k people have received food from the Foodbank in the 13 years since it was founded.

Founder Gavin Kibble completed the walk in nine hours and 20 minutes. It has also supported his training towards a planned 200-mile Coast to Coast charity trek starting on May 18th in aid of Feed The Hungry UK, of which he is Projects Director.

Gavin, who turned 60 this year, has worked hard to return to rude health since suffering a heart attack two years ago.

More information about Coventry Foodbank visit here