Milton Keynes Food Bank receives visit and donation from King Charles

    His Majesty The King made a visit to Milton Keynes Food Bank yesterday to hear about its ongoing work in the community.

    Volunteers and staff at MK Food Bank were left 'delighted' after receiving His Majesty The King for a royal visit at the Distribution Centre in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes.

    King Charles III met with Operations Manager Louisa Hobbs, trustees, staff, volunteers, partners and supermarkets who are directly involved with the Charity and its ongoing work in the community.

    Prior to the royal visit, The King orchestrated - through Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund - donations of 2 large fridge freezers to the Food Bank's serving centres, Frank Moran Community Centre and The Winter Night Shelter – and connected MK Food Bank with organisations who can support them with food supplies.

    The visit came as the King was in Milton Keynes to formally mark city status.

    "We were surprised but delighted to be asked to host His Majesty the King at MK Food Bank. The request to visit a food bank in the city had come directly from him so his interest was clearly genuine," Louisa Hobbs, Operations Manager for Milton Keynes Food Bank said.

    "The difficulty then was keeping the visit secret! We invited 80 of our volunteers and supporters to join us on the day and could only tell them the true nature of the visit an hour before. Some people had definitely put two and two together but others were absolutely shocked and came up to me afterwards in disbelief. The King was genuinely interested in our work and so friendly. He made sure he spoke to every single person and found out what they do for us. It was a really human touch. I think everybody was absolutely thrilled though and will remember this day for the rest of their lives.

    "Not only that though, but prior to the visit he orchestrated, through Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, donations of 2 large fridge freezers to our serving centres, Frank Moran Centre and The Winter Night Shelter – and connected MK Food Bank with organisations who can support us with food supplies."

    His Majesty The King met a range of community groups representing charitable, business, faith, environmental and arts organisations in Milton Keynes as part of the formal celebration.  A dedicated space was marked outside of the Church of Christ the Cornerstone for families and residents to wave his majesty in.

    PHOTO GALLERY The King visits Milton Keynes

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