Support needed for Foodbank bid

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PUBLIC support is needed to launch a new emergency service for people struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbanks have already been established in more than 100 towns and cities across the UK where people are facing the choice between feeding their families or paying the bills.

The scheme was launched by the Trussell Trust in Salisbury to provide emergency food parcels for people in crisis and now a team of volunteers from Stamford are hoping to launch a project here, spearheaded by Stamford Churches Together.

Spokesman Eileen Bangay said: “There are poor people living in Stamford and when you are poor here, it can hurt a lot more than when you are poor somewhere else.

“But there are people in Stamford who are comfortably off and it is those people who we hope will be able to help.”

Mrs Bangay was involved in setting up a Credit Union branch in Stamford to help people pay off their debts and has seen how some of residents are struggling to make ends meet.

She added: “There is a problem in Stamford and it’s significant enough to warrant this kind of service. The idea of Stamford people helping other Stamford people is a nice thought.”

Foodbanks work by collecting donations from the public which are then sorted into emergency food boxes and distributed to people in need who have been referred by care professionals including doctors, health visitors and social workers. They will be given vouchers to claim enough food for their family for three days.

The Foodbank team has been working behind the scenes to get the ball rolling but are now calling on the public for their support.

The volunteers are hoping to secure premises for the Foodbank in the town centre and recruit people to man collection points at shops and supermarkets, sort and pack food boxes and run the Foodbank several days a week. They also need a treasurer with experience of charity accounts.

The aim is to have the Foodbank up and running by the summer.

Stamford Churches Together will be hosting a public meeting to explain more about the project and recruit volunteers.

It takes place at ChristChurch in Green Lane, Stamford, on Tuesday, March 27, at 7.30pm. More details are also available at www.stamford.foodbank.org.uk or by calling 07570 583799.