From the South Pole to the Cambridge Food Bank

Members of the British Services Antarctic Expedition team sitting on supply barrels Credit: British Services Antarctic Expedition

A charity foodbank in Cambridge is set for a special delivery of supplies from the South Pole.

The 2012 Antarctic Exploration team is donating surplus ration supplies to the Cambridge City Foodbank. The rations are still in the barrel that travelled with the British Services Antarctic Expedition (BSAE) to the South Pole earlier this year, on the centenary of Scott’s heroic journey.

A second barrel of non-perishable food items, donated by staff and families at RAF Honington in Suffolk will also be handed over to help fill food boxes for Cambridge residents in financial crisis.

The barrel of surplus rations will have travelled by plane, yacht and sledge before arriving finally in Cambridge in a military vehicle driven by Flight Lieutenant Stuart Quinn. Flt Lt Quinn was one of only 24 men and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force to be selected for the BSAE team.

Following two years of training, the BSAE team members set off for the Antarctic in January 2012 and returned in February 2012, having conducted scientific research on the impact of global warming as well as creating an educational outreach programme for UK schools.

24 members of the armed forces trekked to the South Pole to mark the centenary of Captain Scott's expedition. Credit: British Services Antarctic Expedition

The Cambridge City Foodbank, established by city churches in November 2011, has provided more than 300 food boxes in the past five months, to help people suffering with short term financial crisis caused by unemployment, benefit delay, debt or sickness.

Supply barrels in Antarctica like the one that will be donated to the Cambridge Food Bank Credit: British Services Antarctic Expedition