Grantham Foodbank has seen its biggest ever harvest collection - a whopping 3.7 tonnes of food.
The generosity of schools, churches, businesses and individuals this harvest season means that the local foodbank is able to provide around 4,000 meals to families in crisis.
Foodbank co-ordinator Brian Hanbury said: “The support is fantastic in Grantham. We would like to say a massive thank you to all who donated.”
He also praised the dedication of over 130 volunteers, who have been working tirelessly to organise the collections coming into and out of their centre on Greyfriars.
Brian added that if they had still been at their former base on St Catherine’s Road, they would have been unable to find space for this huge amount of food donations. “It wouldn’t have been possible,” he said. “The building move has made a vast improvement, and we are moving in multiple directions to build extra support.”
A year on from their move and they have achieved their aim of becoming a ‘one-stop shop’ for those needing not only food packages, but also clothing, bedding and other household essentials through the charity’s ‘Restore’ initiative.
They can also provide financial advice to those that come in, and as part of this are working with Totemic’s debt advice service Payplan to organise some computers at the foodbank centre, recognising that a lot of applications now need to be made online.
In addition, Grantham Foodbank continues to work with many of the supermarket chains to organise food collections, and are joining the national call to stop food being thrown away before it goes on sale, on top of that which is donated after remaining unsold in stores.
In total Grantham Foodbank has collected 11,467 kg of food in the past six months, helping 691 adults and 335 children in the area.
While the demand is still very much there, they are pleased to see that the number of families needing their help are starting to stabilise, rather than getting any worse.
Brian adds: “I do believe what we are achieving in Grantham is great, and that our strapline of restoring dignity, reviving hope and building community is becoming a reality.”
For more information on Grantham Foodbank, and how you can help, visit their website www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk