THE MANAGER of Stratford food bank is urging residents to think of others.
In the three years the district’s food bank has been running, it has helped some 4,000 people – of whom 20 per cent have been children.
The three day emergency food supply of tinned and packaged goods is handed to those who are struggling financially that have been given a voucher by a professional such as a doctor or social worker.
But the food bank relies entirely on donations and with pasta sauce, corned beef, tinned ham, tinned pies, instant mash, rice pudding, sponge pudding, sugar, toilet rolls and children’s treats in particularly short supply at the moment, bosses are calling on residents to give it a boost.
The food bank does not take fresh or chilled items but other suitable items include: small jars of coffee, long life fruit juice, UHT milk, tinned fish, cereals, tinned veg, biscuits and snack bars, pasta, rice, and toiletries.
Stratford is one of over 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks currently in operation across the UK. It is staffed by more than 40 volunteers and one part time manager.
Food bank manager Marion Homer said: “We have a small warehouse and our volunteers work hard to ensure we hold stocks across all food categories so we can provide the nutritionally-balanced food parcels suggested by our parent charity the Trussell Trust.
“We would ask residents to think about buying an extra tin or packet when they are shopping, which can then be donated to help local people in crisis.”
Collection boxes are available at Tesco in the Maybird Centre, as well as Waitrose and Morrison’s supermarkets in the town.
Donations can also be given in person at the foodbank cabin in Tesco car park between noon and 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and between 2pm and 4.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Email Marion Homer on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.