Stamford Foodbank helps more than 655 people

Sharon Orme, checkout supervisor at Tesco Express in Stamford, who was one of the people collecting for Stamford Foodbank'Photo: MSMP050713-183js
Sharon Orme, checkout supervisor at Tesco Express in Stamford, who was one of the people collecting for Stamford Foodbank'Photo: MSMP050713-183js
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Stamford Foodbank has given emergency food boxes to more than 655 families and individuals since it was set up a year ago.

The foodbank organisers say they have been overwhelmed with demand for the service and are delighted with the support they have received from the community in the town.

Foodbank sessions are held at All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in Scotgate three times a week. In the last week alone, food parcels have been given to 47 people.

Businesses and charities have continued to be generous in donating items. Last week Tesco in High Street, organised a collection and over two days, customers donated 295kg of food.

Nicola Dunkin, who runs the foodbank, said: “We would really like to say a big thank you to Tesco and to everyone who has helped us over the past year.

“Without their continued generosity there would be no foodbank at all and we wouldn’t be able to help the same number of people.

“We have been busy ever since the launch. It just goes to show that even in places like Stamford, people do struggle.”

Sharon Orme, checkouts supervisor at Tesco in Stamford, said shoppers had been really generous.

“We had a great response,” she said. “One shopper gave us a whole trolley full of food.”

The foodbank is open to people who have been 
referred by care professionals such as doctors and social workers, schools, churches and other organisations.

While Nicola and the other volunteers are pleased the foodbank has been such a success, she added: “We’d rather not be helping anyone at all because we wish there weren’t people in these situations.”

She appealed to people to give either food, money or their time, as the foodbank is always grateful for volunteer help. To find out more about how you can get involved or donate food visit the Stamford Foodbank website.