The Prince and Princess of Wales visited a Windsor food bank today.
Windsor Food Share helps about 7000 people a year.
We learn more about the organization from this Evening Standard piece.
Its 48 volunteers now help around 7,000 people a year and have seen demand for its services soar by 18 percent in the last 12 months as the cost of living crisis has bitten.
Each parcel will last around four days and can either be picked up from the church or delivered.
Toiletries and cleaning products are also provided on a monthly basis.
The food bank is located at Dedworth Green Baptist Church roughly 10 minutes from Windsor Castle.
The Daily Mirror’s story tells us more.
Upon arriving, the couple met with staff who run the organisation and about its founding principles which centre around treating everyone as equals and making no judgements on their circumstances.
They also heard more about the impact that the rising cost of living has had on the demand for the service, which operates on a referral basis from a variety of sources such as schools, doctors, social services and churches.
This Daily Mail piece by Rebecca English and Harriet Johnstone has details on the conversation the royals had with Sarah Kember, the food bank manager.
Kate asked whether there had been a ‘slight shift’ in people’s awkwardness in obtaining hand-outs from food and baby banks. ‘It feels like it is a little more accepted because people are feeling now that it is not so much their fault that they are struggling because of the emergency crisis. It is not their fault that they are struggling for money,’ explained Mrs. Kember, nodding.
The princess asked: ‘How much is there a need for connection and being with other people given, on the back of the pandemic, the sense of isolation and loneliness? Is there a need for people to come together, particularly within the church and the community? Is there more of a need for that connection?’
Mrs. Kember replied: ‘Absolutely. People come here and this might be the only person they see all week. We still do deliveries for people who are still struggling to leave their homes. It is an absolute reality that people still need to talk. ‘
The Prince helped pack food deliveries.
And the Princess sorted items by checking their ‘use by’ dates.
A quick video
The Prince and Princess are helping pack bags for the foodshare collection later today pic.twitter.com/fNzYtRFVgz
— Daisy Waites (@Daisyw_journo) January 26, 2023
We return to The Daily Mail article.
As the princess sorted tins of spaghetti she bombarded volunteers with questions, such as how many clients are helped each week.
William stopped by and teased his wife: ‘There’s too much nattering going on here! We need to speed things up a bit!’ I’ve already learnt who the chatty ones are here.’
In return Kate teased him about his loading of the trolley. ‘It was a bit of a mess,’ her husband said with mock sheepishness.
The Evening Standard piece explains a family tie to the food bank.
Their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, are also aware of the project as it is supported by their new school, Lambrook, Kate revealed.
She said that some of the pupils come down to visit and see the food bank first-hand, although it is understood that none of her children have done that yet.
The organisers said the private prep school helps through harvest festivals and food drives.
More from this Windsor Observer piece by Daisy Waites.
Prince William packed the bags with great “neatness” and ensured the eggs were kept “safe”.
Towards the end of the visit, Prince William joked with volunteers asking “did I pass my initiation?” and expressed that he would like to return to the Windsor foodbank in the future.
A wave as the couple leaves.
Kensington Palace posted a quick video on today’s engagement.
Wonderful to spend some time with volunteers at Windsor Foodshare this morning.
The donations and food packages make such a difference to those in the local area who need them.
Hope we were more of a help than a hindrance when it came to the packing! pic.twitter.com/krGd5IfTp4
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) January 26, 2023
More specifically, the Princess brought back the Tilda Coat ($320 – $600). The coat is available in other colors at Bloomingdale’s and at Marks & Spencer. Beneath the coat, she wore her Hobbs Lara Merino Wool Rollneck Jumper (£59, now sold out) in a color called Granita Pink. The sweater is still offered in other colors at Hobbs. The trousers appear to be the navy Jigsaw Sport Luxe trousers worn on several occasions.
The belt is the UFO navy design worn previously.
The Princess also brought back her Orelia Chain Huggie Hoops ($22).
The Royal Family Channel offers about 1:30 of content from today’s engagement.
This video from The Times runs about 1:15.