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Stamford Foodbank organisers overwhelmed by demand

Volunteers at Stamford Foodbank - back, from left, Elizabeth Cheffins, Caroline Ruff, Linda Bass, Jenny Gosling and seated Jane Steward
Photo: MSMP071112-014js

Volunteers at Stamford Foodbank - back, from left, Elizabeth Cheffins, Caroline Ruff, Linda Bass, Jenny Gosling and seated Jane Steward Photo: MSMP071112-014js

Organisers of a foodbank have been overwhelmed by the number of people using their service.

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

The people who set up the scheme were not sure if there would even be demand for such a service. But after three months the bank has fed more than 130 people and given out more than a ton of food.

Organiser Nicola Dunkin said: “It is going amazingly well.

“We had no idea what to expect. We knew there were people who needed food but we had no clue how many. We probably wouldn’t have come up with that number.

“This reaffirms that there is a need here in Stamford.”

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

Nicola has seen no clear trend in the background of people coming to claim donations.

She added: “We get a complete cross-section of society. Single people, families, young and old. A third of the people we have fed have been children. Any combination we have had coming to us.

“We see an awful lot of people with benefit issues, some homeless people and some people in very tragic circumstances. But they are all very grateful for what they walk away with.”

Donations have come in from across Stamford and further afield. During the harvest period more than two and a half tons of food has been donated and organisers are now asking people to hold off until the current stock runs lower.

Nicola said: “People have been amazing with their donations. We have been blessed with harvest, as well as having food come in from churches all over Lincolnshire and Rutland.

“It really has touched people’s hearts. We have had food from schools, churches and members of the public. We still have donations from some schools to come.”

Nicola also praised the work of the foodbank team, adding: “We have an excellent team of volunteers. They all come with a smile on their face.

“Straight from the beginning what we wanted was a whole town effort. It has been a great three months. It is also tragic, but it is great to be able to help those people who come.”

Stamford foodbank operates from All Saints and St John’s Church Hall from 1pm to 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To get involved call Nicola on 07570 583799 or visit stamford.foodbank.org.uk

 

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