Maidenhead Foodshare founder named on Queen's Birthday Honours list

James Preston

Maidenhead Foodshare founder named on Queen's Birthday Honours list

A tireless campaigner who founded a vital foodbank to provide for families in Maidenhead has been recognised on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sue Brett has received a British Empire Medal in recognition of her voluntary and charitable services to tackling poverty in Berkshire.

Sue founded Maidenhead Foodshare, originally known as Open Kitchen, in 2010.

As well as plating up hot food for the homeless five days a week, the organisation provides food for needy families thanks to donations from shops, schools, businesses, faith groups and community organisations.

The 52-year-old founded the Brett Foundation in 2014 to work alongside Foodshare and help find jobs and accommodation for homeless people.

The mum-of-four also made headlines last year when she gave her car away to a young family for Lent.

Foodshare now has more than 400 volunteers and its work includes providing community meals for about 80 people each month who live on the outskirts of Maidenhead and are unable to come to the town centre for support.

It has also sourced and delivered breakfast to two schools, feeding about 150 students each day.

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