Foodbank Press Release - Still open to supply people who are in need of food
SINCE the lockdown was initiated the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank has been operating during normal hours, but offering the addition of a delivery service for anyone self-isolating, or unable to attend in person.
“We have been extremely busy feeding nearly 700 people since the beginning of April. The last two weeks of March were very challenging feeding over 200 people,” commented Pat Hassall, manager of the foodbank.
“Donations of food and money have been coming in regularly from some very generous individuals and corporate organisations, which has meant the foodbank being able to continue to support those in financial crisis for some time.
“We have obviously had to change our procedures in line with social distance guidance, but this is working well at present,” said Pat.
“We have a key group of dedicated volunteers who have been working throughout the crisis and we look forward to the time when all volunteers can return to us safely, as they are truly missed.”
The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to local people who cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.
Everyone who comes to the foodbank is referred by a frontline care professional, such as a health worker, Citizens Advice worker, social worker, church leader or health visitor.
The Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank is one of more than 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust. It was set up in October 2012 by volunteers from churches in the area, working with local communities. An emergency food parcel, listening ear and compassionate, practical advice at the food bank can be the boost someone needs to break free from poverty.
Further information about the foodbank is available at: www.longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk.