They enjoyed a celebration lunch and quiz and were asked to bring along canned and dried food for the Foodbank, which is based at St Peter's and St Andrew's Church in the town. Staff members went along to deliver the food and were shown around by Operations Co-ordinator Martin Langford and Manager Colin Bates.
The team provides food packages for around 2,000 adults and 1,000 children per year with essentials including tinned goods, meat, soup and milk. Clients are normally referred to the Foodbank from up to 40 outside agencies including the Job Centre, Citizens' Advice, schools and social services. The guideline is that people access the Foodbank no more than three times in six months, depending on their circumstances. They are given a nutritionally balanced emergency food parcel which lasts for three days, as well as essentials such as toiletries, sanitary products and nappies if required.
The team is bolstered by a core of around 20 volunteers who make sure that the donations are logged, processed and distributed efficiently to those who really need them.
Thanks to the team there for showing us around the Foodbank so we can better understand the vital service they provide for the community. We will be looking at further ways of supporting their work in the future.