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Trustees make it clear who Stamford Foodbank is for

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The trustees of a foodbank which has handed out food to more than 1,000 people are reminding families how they can benefit from the service.

Stamford Foodbank has provided emergency rations for those who cannot afford to pay for food and basic supplies for more than 18 months.

The trustees of the service want to make it clear how people can access food if they find themselves in a difficult financial position.

The service is operated via a system in which people can ask a range of authorities and groups, such as doctors, schools, ministers, the Citizens Advice Bureau and social workers, for a voucher.

They can then hand the voucher in to volunteers at All Saints’ Church Hall in Scotgate where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food.

The foodbank has more than 50 volunteers who are on hand to support people and offer advice over a cup of tea to help solve longer-term problems.

Chairman of trustees Eileen Bangay said: “We provide emergency feeding to people who are having to make a choice between paying their red electricity bill and feeding their children.

“If people are in need of our help all you need to do is be given a voucher and hand it into one of our volunteers.

“We provide three days worth of food that will feed however many people in the family need to be fed.

“We’ve helped young people on benefits living in hostels to families who have struggled with rising costs of bills.

“It’s not just food we can give people. We’ve also got supplies of toothpaste, toilet rolls, soaps, shampoos and shower gels.”

The foodbank can also offer a delivery service which takes foodboxes in shopping carrier bags to people who cannot get to the hall.

Eileen added: “Our volunteers can deliver food to those who can’t get to the hall in carrier bags that don’t highlight it’s emergency food.”

The trustees have thanked all individuals, groups and businesses who have donated food and supplies.

Foodbanks have also been set up in Bourne, the Deepings and Rutland.

For more information about foodbanks, visit www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects.

 

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