Rutland Foodbank marks first birthday with afternoon tea

The steering group of Rutland Foodbank, which has fed more than 500 individuals in just 10 months. From left, Helen Baggott, Caroline McCabe, Cathy Dyson, Dominic Coad, Suzanne Johnson and Mark Melluish. EMN-140108-170633001

The steering group of Rutland Foodbank, which has fed more than 500 individuals in just 10 months. From left, Helen Baggott, Caroline McCabe, Cathy Dyson, Dominic Coad, Suzanne Johnson and Mark Melluish. EMN-140108-170633001

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In the year since Rutland Foodbank was set up, it has fed 750 people who were in desperate need.

More than 70 volunteers now work at its two centres in Uppingham, Oakham and warehouse in Langham.

Residents have provided generous donations including a year’s rent on the premises in Melton Road, Oakham, which was paid by Dan Gill, from Oakham, director of Peterborough-based Rapidrop Global Ltd.

On Tuesday, the organisation, comprising churches of all denominations from the county, will celebrate its one year anniversary with an afternoon tea at Oakham Castle.

Rutland Foodbank project manager Suzanne Johnson said: “What is important for people to understand is that we serve people who are in crises - people who find themselves, for some reason, with no food and no money to buy it.

“It’s shocking when you consider that 750 such people needed help.”