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More than 1,000 food parcels handed out

From left, volunteer Gail Tyler, senior team leader Jean Asher, Nicola Dunkin and team leader Louise Blackburn-Stout

From left, volunteer Gail Tyler, senior team leader Jean Asher, Nicola Dunkin and team leader Louise Blackburn-Stout

Foodbank organisers marked a significant achievement after handing out their 1,000th food parcel just 18 months after starting up.

The Stamford Foodbank team have seen huge demand for their service since they began handing out donated food to vulnerable people.

During the Christmas period they handed out their 1,000th parcel. Each parcel contains food for three days.

Nicola Dunkin, who set up the service in Stamford, said the group were not celebrating but it was still important to mark the number.

She added: “It’s disappointing that so many people need our help, but it’s good that we are able to help them.”

The landmark coincides with Nicola handing over the reins of the foodbank to a new team leader, Jean Asher.

Nicola decided to take a step back from the service after working hard to get it off the ground and recruit a team of about 55 volunteers.

Jean, a retired teacher from Stamford, initially got involved in the foodbank through All Saints’ Church.

She said: “I only recently retired from full-time teaching and was looking for something else to do.

“It’s nice to take over something that has been built up so successfully. One thousand parcels is quite an important landmark.

“I just hope that it carries on with people who need food coming back.”

The service is designed for anyone struggling to feed themselves or their families. People have to be referred by health organisations or social services.

Foodbanks have also been set up in Bourne, the Deepings and Rutland. Visit http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

 

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