Stamford’s foodbank set to open on schedule

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STAMFORD’S first ever foodbank is set to open on schedule thanks to generous donations in money, food and manpower.

The scheme is due to launch on July 18 at Stamford Town Hall and will be open for business on July 30.

Individuals and businesses have come forward to help out the service.

Once open volunteers will collect food on the third Sunday of every month and take it to the foodbank in All Saints and St John’s Church Hall in West Street.

Organiser Nicola Dunkin, of Doughty Street, said: “The money has been coming in and that’s brilliant. With what’s been donated, we’re looking to buy equipment, volunteer badges, containers, food weighing scales, crockery, etc.

“And we’ve had a first cupboard full of food so it’s great to be getting things in place. It’s lovely to see so many people coming forward and we’re so grateful.”

The scheme has also recruited more than 50 volunteers but is still looking for more help.

Organisers are also calling for local businesses to set up collection points in the town for people to donate food.

Nicola added: “We’ve got lots volunteers now which is brilliant but we still need a few more. We’re also looking for more businesses to get involved but we’re on schedule to open and we’re absolutely thrilled.”

To find out more about on how to become a volunteer or get involved call Nicola on 07570 583 799.

For more information about the scheme visit www.stamford.foodbank.org.uk.

Organisers have compiled a list of items they would like for the foodbank.

The food list includes milk (UHT or powdered); sugar; long life fruit juice; tins of soup; pasta sauces; sponge pudding; tinned tomatoes; breakfast cereals; tinned rice pudding; tea bags; jars of instant coffee; instant mashed potato; 500g of rice; 500g of pasta; tinned meat/fish; tinned fruit; jars of jam; packets of biscuits/snacks.