Building a better community is the ethos behind foodbank

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A FOODBANK is not just about feeding people, it is about community.

This is the ethos behind the aid project, which is building up to a big launch on July 1.

Grantham Foodbank, which will be set up in St Catherine’s Road, aims to support families who have hit hard times and are struggling to scrape together enough money to both pay the bills and put food on the table.

Food items donated by generous shoppers will be boxed up into three-day supplies to give these battling families a helping hand.

But there is a wider aim to the foodbank, and that is to see Grantham become a tight-knit community.

Project leader Brian Hanbury explained: “When people fall their heads and shoulders drop.

“These people are cash-poor and time-rich. We can try to encourage them to donate a small portion of their time to lift the Grantham area back up. We could link up to cleaning up the river and graffiti.

“We’re calling it ‘paying it forward’.”

Grantham’s foodbank is an idea born from the town’s church community, but its work will not centre solely upon the Christian faith.

Mr Hanbury, who is an outreach worker for Harrowby Lane Methodist Church, said: “It’s a project that will be underpinned by the church but our volunteers will come from all walks of life. Anyone with the compassion to make a difference in someone else’s life we will work with.

“Whatever background they come from, this is non-judgemental. This is purely about helping people when they fall or are in the midst of falling.”

Volunteers will receive training and will be encouraged to offer those needing help a friendly ear.

Mr Hanbury said he plans to meet with the Probation Service with a view to providing work for defendants sentenced to carry out unpaid work.

The foodbank team is keen to get as much backing as possible, having already received support from Asda and Sainsbury’s.

The group needs a loan vehicle to assist with collections, a long-term vehicle for everyday use, long-term premises, large weighing systems, storage racking and sponsorship.

Anyone who can offer help is urged to call Mr Hanbury on 07816 872561.

l A ‘drop-in exploration evening’ will be held at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church on May 11 between 6pm and 9pm.

It is a chance for potential volunteers to see how they can help the foodbank project.