A NEW service for people who are struggling to make ends meet has received overwhelming support from the public.
Stamford Churches Together is working towards setting up a foodbank in Stamford to provide emergency food parcels for families who cannot afford to feed themselves.
Since hosting a public meeting about the scheme, 20 volunteers have signed up to help out and the organisers have secured a venue for the service which they hope to launch in July.
Eileen Bangay, of Stamford Churches Together, said: “I’m thrilled with the way everything is coming together.
“We have had volunteers come forward to collect donations outside supermarkets, others have offered to welcome people at the foodbank, we have got a fundraising committee set up and some have volunteered to do anything we need them to do.”
Foodbanks have already been established in more than 100 towns and cities across the UK where people are facing the choice between feeding their families or paying the bills.
They work by collecting donations from the public which are then sorted into emergency food boxes and distributed to people in need who have been referred by care professionals including doctors, health visitors and social workers. They will be given vouchers to claim enough food for their family for three days.
The Stamford foodbank will be based at All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in Scotgate and is expected to open on three afternoons each week.
Volunteers from Cummins Generator Technologies have decorated the hall in preparation for the launch of the scheme, which is due to take place on July 8.
Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are also supporting the scheme and have agreed to allow volunteers to collect donations at their stores in Stamford.
Waitrose marketing co-ordinator Kelham Cooke said: “We are committed to working within the communities in which we trade.
“After being approached by one of the volunteers, there is so much evidence that this is needed in Stamford so we are very happy to be working with Stamford Foodbank.”
A meeting for foodbank volunteers will take place at All Saints and St John’s Church Hall on Wednesday, May 16 at 7.30pm. Anyone else who is interested in supporting the scheme is welcome to attend.
The team are particularly keen to hear from someone with experience of working with charity accounts who would like to take on the role of treasurer.
More details are available at www.stamford.foodbank.org.uk or by calling 07570 583799.