Grantham Foodbank in good shape as it prepares to mark fifth anniversary
The co-ordinator of Grantham Foodbank has thanked supporters for their help when the organisation was running very low on food items.
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 to local supporting groups and collection points, and donations when a collection was held at Asda, the Foodbank is well stocked again.
A total of 2.8 tonnes of stock were collected and £2,500 was received in cash donations. In terms of meals, that equates to approximately 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
“The Restore Project, which involves the distribution of good quality clothing to clients, is now seeking men’s and women’s summer clothing. Donations can be dropped into the warehouse on Grey Friars.”
As the Grantham Foodbank gets ready to celebrate its fifht 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 between 10am and 1pm or between 4pm and 6pm.
Mr Hanbury added: “There are always opportunities for people to become volunteers. Currently there are vacancies for a ‘man with a van’ to help transport food from supermarket collections to the warehouse five or six times a year and occasional collections from other points, people with appropriate computer skills to man the web zone and for a person with administrative skills to liaise with the front line agencies.
“Even more good news is that the Trussell Trust foodbank process has just won the overall award at the Charity Awards 2016 as well as the Social Care and Welfare Award.”
If you would like to be involved or would like more information about the work of the Foodbank, go to www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk or call into the warehouse.