More than 100 vulnerable people helped by Rutland Foodbank

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More than 100 vulnerable people have received much-needed food parcels thanks to a team of volunteers.

Rutland Foodbank was set up nine weeks ago to help county residents who struggle to afford enough food.

Since the first session on September 23 a total of 116 people have been referred to the foodbank by doctors, clergy and social services.

Organiser Suzanne Johnson said: “It has been a bit of a lifeline and has seen people through some difficult weeks.

“We have seen all backgrounds, a wide variety of ages and different circumstances.”

Before the foodbank was set up the team of volunteers were unsure of the extent of the demand in the county.

Suzanne said: “We have had a lot of reaction from the public asking if we needed one in Rutland. But the figures speak for themselves.

“There’s not one pocket of people who are in crisis. It is spread across the villages, right across the county.”

The group is supported by national Christian charity The Trussell Trust, which has partnered with Tesco for a weekend of collections. Volunteers will be at the store in South Street, Oakham, today and tomorrow to talk about the scheme and take donations. Tesco staff will continue the collection on Sunday.