Caricature: Brian Hanbury of Grantham Foodbank
Brian Hanbury is co-ordinator of Grantham Foodbank, which he founded in 2011.
The Foodbank’s move to Greyfriars from St Catherine’s Road last Autumn has enabled their services to expand, with it now being a ‘one-stop shop for people in crisis’ explains Brian.
Their latest project ‘More Than Food’ highlights that they can also give employment and financial advice, such as budgeting tips, while their Restore project sees them collect and provide clothing, bedding and homeware to those in need.
The help and food they offer continues to be in high demand, with 2014 seeing the Foodbank perform 2,127 interventions and provide 19,143 meals, including to 630 children, just in the Grantham area alone.
Brian is also an outreach worker and until recently chair of Churches Together in Grantham and District, as well as a member of Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club.
The 51-year-old is a devout Christian, and doesn’t let being classed as 40 per cent disabled ever stop him from carrying out his vital work within the community.
When he is not being kept busy with all his charitable work, Brian enjoys spending time with his ‘lovely family’. He and his wife Jacqueline have three daughters, Beth, Jessica and Grace. Before setting up the Foodbank Brian was also responsible for food management at Fine Fare supermarket on Castlegate, as well as a supervisor at Grantham Book Services.
He has lived in Grantham since he was 18, and says: “It is home. It’s a good town with good people in it. My role is all about igniting compassion across town and to try and pull us all together.”
For more information on Grantham Foodbank, and how you can help, go to www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk