THE organiser of a foodbank has said it is an “amazing privilege” to see the positive impact the service has had on those in need in the area.
Stamford Foodbank, which operates from All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in Scotgate, has been open for four weeks and organiser Nicola Dunkin is delighted with the support that volunteers have been able to provide to its clients.
The service has more than 50 volunteers who give up their time to give out food, which has been donated by members of the public, to those who cannot afford to buy their own.
It runs sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the hall from 1pm to 3pm.
Nicola, of Doughty Street, Stamford, said: “To see the difference it’s making to people’s lives when they come in is an amazing privilege.
“We’ve had a steady stream of clients coming in. Slightly more than we thought we were going to get in the first week but we really had no idea what to expect.
“But we’ve been able to support people in need not only in Stamford but in the surrounding villages too which is fantastic and all the clients have been so grateful.”
As well as the food, volunteers have also given out soap and shampoo to clients.
Nicola has also been overwhelmed with the support given by people and businesses in Stamford.
Sainsbury’s in Ryhall Road, holds collections and fundraising events for the service and Waitrose, in West Street, is set to donate a £600 cheque to the foodbank after customers supported the service in its green token collection scheme.
During the school summer holidays, girls from Stamford High School and Bourne Grammar School have been offering their time to help out and Stamford School pupil Rob Forster has donated a cheque for £250 to the foodbank after raising the money through fundraising events.
Nicola added: “The support we’ve had is fantastic and we are so grateful.
“We would like to thank Sainsbury’s for its continued support and Waitrose are set to give us £600 which is an incredible amount.
“And the pupils have been such a delight and an absolute bonus to us with their help.”
The money donated will be put towards equipment, administration and paperwork for the foodbank.
The service is in need of more volunteers.
To become a volunteer or to find out more about the service call Nicola on 07570 583799 or visit www.stamford.foodbank.org.uk