Foodbank will help even more people in 2013

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Organisers of a foodbank are looking forward to a busy new year after a successful first five months during which they have fed more than 250 people.

Stamford Foodbank began giving out donations to people in need from All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in Scotgate in July.

Organisers were blown away by the demand from people in Stamford and were busier than expected in the run-up to Christmas.

Nicola Dunkin, who runs the foodbank, said: “In the weeks before the holidays we had lots of people in.

“The Christmas period itself wasn’t as busy because the agencies that send people to the foodbank were closed.

“But since we started we have fed 260 people.”

The foodbank is open to people who have been selected by care professionals such as doctors and social workers because of their situation.

Thousands of food items have been donated by individuals, businesses, schools and churches. Sainsbury’s in Ryhall Road also has a trolley for people to leave donations in.

Nicola added: “We will be carrying on the good work into the new year.

“We have had more volunteers come in and we will be having a training session on Wednesday.

“We are also setting up as our own charity. It’s all looking very positive.

“I want to say a big thank you to all those who have donated and supported us. There are so many people who really are trying to help us.”

Visit stamford.foodbank.org.uk to find out how to donate or volunteer.