Grantham Foodbank prepares for fifth birthday

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The co-ordinator of Grantham Foodbank has thanked supporters for their help when the organisation ran low on food items recently.

Brian Hanbury said May was an amazing month for the Foodbank. At the beginning of the month, the shelves in the warehouse were almost bare, but thanks to the people of Grantham responding to an urgent appeal, 2.8 tonnes of stock were collected and £2,500 was received in cash donations. In terms of meals, that equates to about 4,800 meals.

Mr Hanbury said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to a compassionate Grantham as we are now able to resume our practice of providing nine balanced meals to local people at their point of crisis. However, there is more to be done. Our ‘More Than Food’ project is growing and about to be launched.

“Another exciting development is that donations can now be made by shopping on line – Grantham Foodbank is now registered with Give As You Live, an organisation that works with online retailers to generate charity giving every time purchases are made. It is easy to register at www.give.as/charity/grantham-foodbank/ec176917.”

As the Grantham Foodbank gets ready to celebrate its fifth anniversary, Mr Hanbury said it would like to thank the many sponsors by holding an open day on July 1. Its latest initiative, a web zone, will be launched on that day. This will provide online support for clients who wish to search for employment, access application forms or seek other online support services. All are welcome to visit the centre, 10am-1pm or 4pm-6pm.

If you would like to be a volunteer or would like more details about the foodbank, go to www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk or call into the warehouse.