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27th Jun, 2022

Foodbank needs more volunteers to meet demand

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help Stratford Foodbank meet growing demand.

The charity will be handing out food parcel four days a week, rather than three, from November.

Manager Marion Homer said there had been a 70 per cent growth in food parcel distribution since 2016 and a fourth session had become necessary.

She added: “We are hugely grateful to over 100 volunteers who regularly help, enabling us to bring this service to our town.

“However, we anticipate that this new session will mean finding more volunteers so we are starting a volunteer recruitment drive now. We will need volunteers to help collate our food parcels, to meet, greet and chat with our clients, and some very special volunteers to act as team leaders to oversee the distribution session.

“Full training will be provided and there is be plenty of time between now and November to try a few sessions before making a longer term commitment.”

The foodbank – which runs from a porta cabin on Tesco’s carpark on Birmingham Road – distributes three days’ worth of emergency food parcels in exchange for a voucher from a GP or other welfare support.

Sessions run on Tuesday from 12pm to 2pm, Thursday from 5pm to 6.30pm, Friday from 12pm to 2pm, and as of November, Monday 5pm to 6.30pm.

Visit www.stratforduponavon.foodbank.org.uk for more information on volunteering.

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