Demand is clear at Rutland Foodbank launch

First session of Rutland Foodbank at Jules One-Stop, Oakham.  Volunteers, from left, back, Mark Melluish, Helen Baggott, Suzanne Johnson, Anne Venning and  Rev Dr Dominic Coad. Front, Gina Orgee, Pat Moore, Cathy Gaunt, Janet Evans and Pam Walker.'Photo: MSMP230913-006ow

First session of Rutland Foodbank at Jules One-Stop, Oakham. Volunteers, from left, back, Mark Melluish, Helen Baggott, Suzanne Johnson, Anne Venning and Rev Dr Dominic Coad. Front, Gina Orgee, Pat Moore, Cathy Gaunt, Janet Evans and Pam Walker.'Photo: MSMP230913-006ow

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Volunteers who set up Rutland’s first foodbank were encouraged to see clear demand for their work.

Rutland Foodbank held its first session at Jules One-Stop in Melton Road, Oakham, on Monday.

The team behind the scheme did not know how many people would need the service ahead of the session.

But when they arrived on Monday morning there was a small group of people queueing outside the door.

Organiser Suzanne Johnson said: “It felt a bit emotional. Everyone asked if there was a need but when we got there people were waiting for us.

“You feel sad that the demand is there but it’s encouraging for the work that we have put in.”

The group will continue to hold sessions at Jules One-Stop from 10am to midday on Mondays and Fridays.

Sessions will also be held at the same time on Fridays at Uppingham Parish Church.

People can be referred to the foodbank by another agency such as a school, church, GPs or social services.

Suzanne said: “It’s rewarding to know that we are not doing it for nothing.”