Who We Are

History

It all started in 2011 with some cans in a cupboard in a home garage. A small group of people saw a growing need for organised emergency food aid in High Wycombe and started trying to help. Within a few months, we had a locker at Big Yellow and had starting working with the organisations who work directly with people who are struggling. They became the first Referrer’s. Within the first 12 months we had grown significantly and needed to make the project sustainable so we registered as a charity in August 2012. From mid-2014, Wesley Church opened their doors on Friday afternoon’s as an option to people who wished to make up their own One Can parcel, and enjoy tea and cake afterwards. Demand for food parcels from people struggling to buy food for their families continued to rise and by 2015 we occupied 5 lockers within Big Yellow and needed still more space. At that time OCT was providing around 100 food parcels a week for 230 people. After some false starts, Wycombe District Council offered some space within the Duke Street complex and after a simple refurbishment, we moved in during the summer of 2016. Part of the space was what looked like a huge warehouse that was initially not used. A part time Project Manager was employed at that time.

Food parcels were distributed in gradually increasing numbers to those in need living across South Bucks including Beaconsfield, Marlow, Burnham, Denham, Princes Risborough and of course Wycombe. Fresh produce was gradually introduced into the food parcels until it became the norm. The warehouse gradually became fully occupied with racking, sorting tables and fridges etc.

Then came 2020. It started normally with about 100 food parcels a week being sent to benefit 230 people. During the first lockdown starting in March, requests for emergency food parcels immediately doubled and it became necessary to transform the organisation to become full-time to enable social distancing during the all-day 2 hour shifts for volunteers. By the end of the summer, we employed 3 full time and 4 part time staff to manage over 100 regular volunteers. Demand continued to rise until the last week of December when 361 food parcels were delivered to the doorsteps of 914 people. Over £45,000 of food was collected, sorted, stored, carefully packed into parcels and delivered during that one month.

During Lockdown 3 in the early part of 2021 we received increasing referrals from those struggling to put food on their table.

Despite the growth in our staff team, we’re still a volunteer-led organisation. We will always support those people our referring partners send to us for food aid, working with them to resolve the crises that lead people to eventually request help. We never turn anyone away who is referred to the foodbank.

One Can Trust is a charity run by the people of South Bucks, for the people of South Bucks.

One Can Trust 

Our Charitable Object is the relief of financial hardship among people living or working in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas by providing such persons with goods or services which they could not otherwise afford through lack of means.

Our Vision is to be here in South Bucks to help anyone in our local community who is desperate with hunger, for as long as we have to.

Our Mission is to bring together everyone who can help to run our foodbank, and we provide the organisation and fundraising that is necessary to get food parcels to those in crisis.

We operate with openness and integrity – in all our actions we will operate openly and transparently, sharing the reasons behind any decisions we make and how these will progress the delivery of the vision.  We value everybody in our community equally, and strive to maximise the impact we can have notwithstanding any individual’s faith or background

We are inspired by our volunteers – in this we can ensure that all who work with us are united in delivering our vision for the greater good of our community.

We are led by and support our community – our initiatives are driven bottom up, deriving their strength from the community they serve, with our actions guided and focussed by the wishes of the community

We strive for excellence – we aspire to deliver all we do to the highest possible standard and in this show that poverty does not mean that we cannot achieve the best in all we do

We recognise the value of the individual and the power of community – in humbling ourselves to a common purpose we can each contribute to something far beyond the reach of any one of us, strengthened by our collective values and supporting one another as we need it.

We operate with openness and integrity – in all our actions we will operate openly and transparently, sharing the reasons behind any decisions we make and how these will progress the delivery of the vision.  We value everybody in our community equally, and strive to maximise the impact we can have notwithstanding any individual’s faith or background

We are driven by our volunteers – in this we can ensure that all who work with us are united in delivering our vision for the greater good of our community.

We are led by and support our community – our initiatives are driven bottom up, deriving their strength from the community they serve, with our actions guided and focussed by the wishes of the community

We strive for excellence – we aspire to deliver all we do to the highest possible standard, and in this show that poverty does not mean that we cannot achieve the best in all we do

We recognise the value of the individual and the power of community – in humbling ourselves to a common purpose we can each contribute to something far beyond the reach of any one of us, strengthened by our collective values and supporting one another as we need it

Board of trustees:

Kate Brewster
Andy Ford
Peter W Green (Treasurer)
Philip Hynard (Company Secretary)
Peggy Peckham
Graham Peart BEM (chair)
Gareth Pugh
Sarfaraz K Raja

Staff:

Foodbank Manager: Cara Nightingale
Foodbank Administrator: Jayne Motlagh 
Foodbank Administrator : Kenan Motlagh
Foodbank Administrator : Kim Starkey
Foodbank Warehouse Manager: Anthony Barnes
Food Procurement Manager : Jo Belshaw 

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