All set for Stamford foodbank launch

Stamford food bank co-ordinator Nicola Dunkin, right, presenting a tabard to volunteer Jennie Burnett.
Stamford food bank co-ordinator Nicola Dunkin, right, presenting a tabard to volunteer Jennie Burnett.

VOLUNTEERS are preparing for the launch of a foodbank in Stamford.

More than 30 people have now pledged their support to the service which will provide emergency food parcels to families in need.

Uniforms for volunteers have been ordered and training sessions have been planned but the organisers are still looking for financial support to get the scheme off the ground.

Organiser Nicola Dunkin, of Doughty Street, Stamford, said: “The response so far has been brilliant but we need more help. It takes so many people and a lot of money to keep a foodbank open.

“There is a misapprehension that foodbanks are just for poor people, but they support all kinds of people. It might be that someone suddenly finds themselves unemployed and can’t keep up with all their payments.

“There is a definite need for one in Stamford, although it tends to be a hidden need.”

The foodbank is expected to open at All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in Scotgate, Stamford, on July 8.

A fundraising committee has been set up but the foodbank volunteers are also keen to attract more financial support from individuals and businesses.

£3 will buy a tablecloth for the refreshments area, £5 will buy a volunteer identity badge, £7 will buy a volunteer tabard, £13 will buy a food collection crate and £45 will pay the rent for a week.

Ms Dunkin said: “Any help would be welcome. People don’t have to donate a lot money - any amount will make a difference and help to keep the service running.”

A meeting for prospective volunteers will take place at All Saints and St John’s Church Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

More details about supporting the scheme are also available at www.stamford.foodbank.org.uk or by calling 07570 583799.