Foodbank Update 

Dear Supporters,

We wanted to thank you for your generous support last year and to give you some information about our activities over the last 9 months in particular.  As you can imagine, it’s been an extremely busy time for us, and we have had to be agile about amending our processes to carry on providing food throughout.  Thanks to a huge team of very dedicated volunteers, and to donors such as yourselves we have been able to continue seamlessly, and in fact have been able to be more generous in our parcels so that they last for closer to a week and now include some fresh items such as bread, cheese, milk and butter (carrots, potatoes and eggs were already part of our pack).  

Demand for parcels was huge at the beginning of lockdown when we were giving out more than 3 times our pre-Covid average.  Since then, things have calmed down with other projects around the town which were put in place, so that in general we’ve been about 2 times busier than usual.  There is a chart below which shows the monthly figures compared to last year.

Foodbank Graph

Over Christmas we organised and put together a special additional bag for each household, filled with Christmas goodies donated by local schools, businesses, community groups, churches & individuals.  We were also able to include a supermarket voucher for everyone in these bags (giving out a total of just over £5,000) - which clients have been hugely grateful for.  

We are currently working on a new project to ‘topup’ clients’ gas & electricity accounts when they need it.  Given the cold weather we’ve been having we know that this will be much appreciated.    

It is the generosity of local people such as yourselves that allows us to confidently continue to provide for people who are struggling at the moment, and we have been quite overwhelmed by the level of support we’ve received.  

May we wish you well in 2021.
Heather & the Foodbank team

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