Uttlesford Foodbank will hold a gala event to celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer.

The event - on Wednesday, July 3 at Saffron Walden Cricket Club - is the foodbank's way of thanking its more than 100 volunteers, donors, trustees and councillors, as well as raising awareness and funds.

There will be a silent auction, with items up for grabs including time and skills donated by volunteers such as gardening, baking, babysitting and dog walking.

The foodbank is also hoping to have lots donated by local businesses.

Jennie Brown, assistant manager of Uttlesford Foodbank, said: "Uttlesford Foodbank was set up in 2014 in response to a request to the council by the Salvation Army for help with food poverty in Uttlesford.


"In many ways, celebrate is the wrong term to use for the existence of a foodbank, as our aim is to be no longer needed.

"However, this is an opportunity to thank volunteers and the community who have supported us over the last 10 years, whilst raising awareness of the growing need in Uttlesford for help from the foodbank."

The foodbank is based at Stansted House in Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, and also has depots in Stansted and Dunmow.