5 September 2017
STRATFORD Foodbank is asking local schools, churches, and community groups to consider collecting food for it this harvest.
Since starting in 2013, the town’s foodbank, supported by Stratford Town Trust, has provided for over 6,000 people. Each year the number increases, with this year showing a 27% increase based on the same period last year. Currently the Foodbank provides more than 160 food parcels a month, with a quarter of those going to children.
Stratford’s Foodbank Manager Marion Homer said: “The people of Stratford have been overwhelmingly generous to the Foodbank. Every tin donated and every minute spent volunteering really does make a difference to those facing crisis. Unfortunately, we have seen a significant increase in use this year and some months we give away more food than we receive. However, we are fortunate that the community always responds to our appeals and our service remains viable.
"We are now planning for winter. Foodbank usage rises at this time as those on low incomes often can’t afford both food and fuel bills. Given the double impact of an expected seasonal increase combined with the current year on year rise, we are once again appealing for help.
"Harvest is a time that thoughts turn naturally to sharing the abundance that many of us have. We would ask that any school, church, or business that organises a harvest collection to consider how they might help us. We have a team of volunteers who would happily speak to any group about the work of the Foodbank in our town.
"The Foodbank doesn’t just provide emergency food parcels. Our signposting support means we can help stabilise the situation faced by our clients, providing some breathing space and guidance about what to do next. We aim to ensure our clients leave us knowing they are cared for and valued, feeling hopeful and not full of dread about the future.”
Stratford’s Foodbank is total community project with everyone in Stratford able to contribute should they wish. The public can make food donations through foodbank collection baskets in Morisons, Waitrose, Tesco and Holy Trinity Church.
The Foodbank’s volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation giving up their time to ensure people in the community get the help and support they urgently need. Funding from the Town Trust enables the Foodbank to bring this community support together to create a caring and professional service that meets an urgent need in the town.
Should any group wish to collect either food or money for the foodbank, or would like to request a speaker please contact Marion Homer, the Foodbank Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foodbank would be grateful for the following items (NB everything should be tinned or packaged, in date and supplied in small sizes):