As foodbanks across the country report a surge in demand, Grantham Foodbank is becoming more and more vital to the most vulnerable in our society.
Grantham Foodbank Project Co-ordinator Brian Hanbury said the charity is seeing a steep rise locally in the number of people with mental health issues who are using the service.
He said: “The hardest part at the moment is the growth in demand from people struggling in life - I’m talking about people with mental health issues.
“Since South Lincolnshire MIND closed, we are finding their client base is really struggling. It’s very hard for them to really access support so we are finding more and more people with mental and physical health issues are coming to us for support.”
Grantham Foodbank is hoping to extend the service it offers in the near future to help those out in the villages who are struggling to put food on the table. Mr Hanbury said: “It is definitely something we are keen to do. We are talking to churches out in the villages. The aim is to have Grantham as a hub, get all the food in there and then have churches as distribution centres.”
This weekend Grantham Foodbank will be at Asda encouraging people to give an item of food at the end of their shop. The foodbank is particularly short of basic items such as milk, juices and meat at the moment but Mr Hanbury is hopeful the people of the town will come through once again.
He said: “The generosity is massive. We have had people hand over two or three bags of shopping. It’s generosity and compassion that keeps the Foodbank going.”
Grantham Foodbank is also organising a cycling event in August which will see participants ride around the town to raise cash. Find out more at granthamfoodbank.org.uk