CROWDS of people turned out for the launch of Stamford’s first ever foodbank.
The scheme helps by distributing food to those who need it most.
No food has been given out yet but volunteers will begin to take food vouchers and give out food on Monday.
Dozens of residents, trustees and mayor of Stamford Coun Bob Sandall attended Stamford Foodbank’s official opening at Stamford Town Hall.
The scheme has held open days at the bank in All Saints and St John’s Church Centre, Scotgate, on Monday and Wednesday this week and is set to hold another tomorrow from 1 to 3pm.
Scheme trustee Eileen Bangay, of Stamford Churches Together, was delighted with the turnout and support at the launch.
She said: “It was amazingly well attended and we were thrilled with the turn out.
“We explained to people how we are going to run and who we are looking to help.
“It’s great to be open but we need as many volunteers as we can lay our hands on, so any extra help we can get would be much appreciated.”
Business and individuals have come forward to support the foodbank.
Sainsbury’s in Ryhall Road, Stamford, announced the Stamford Foodbank as its Charity of the Year, in which all fundraising proceeds collected this year will be donated to the scheme. Waitrose, in West Street, Stamford, is holding a token collection pot for the foodbank. If the scheme’s pot receives more tokens than other causes, funds raised by the store will be donated to it. Both supermarkets have also agreed to let volunteers collect donations at their stores.
To find out more about on how to become a volunteer or get involved call organiser Nicola Dunkin 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.