A charity that provides emergency food to vulnerable people in Buckinghamshire has been given the King’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the vital community service it provides.

The One Can Trust foodbank, based in High Wycombe, is a small-scale charity run by staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide emergency food parcels, clothes and services to vulnerable individuals and families in the area.

Amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the foodbank has seen its services stretched to their limit, with an “alarmingly high” level of demand and around 650 people, half of whom are children, requiring support each week.

The charity's hard work has put it on the map, however, and it was revealed this week that it will be among the recipients of the King's Award for Voluntary Service, an honour annually bestowed upon local volunteer groups making an outstanding effort to benefit their communities.

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Andy Ford, Chair of the One Can Trust, said: “Sadly, there are so many people in desperate need in our community but thanks to our incredible army of volunteers we are able to support them through the toughest of times.

“We’re delighted to be acknowledged with the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is in recognition of the amazing contributions from every single one of our volunteers. We simply couldn’t do it without them.”

The One Can Trust will be one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award crystal and certificate at a ceremony later this year, and two volunteers from the team have also been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2024.