The main thing to report about the Foodbank is that there has been a 20% rise in the number of people using in the last few months. This is a very big rise and it is worrying. After a very busy Christmas this year, where more parcels than ever were handed out, volunteers have been kept busy.
Sorting out food by date stamps, and getting rid of out-of-date food which cannot be handed out, takes time, before packing the bags of food which are given out to recipients. The bags contain three days supply of food, which is all canned and packaged, as fresh food cannot be stored at the Foodbank. Vouchers are obtained from Citizens’ Advice Bureau, doctors and health-care professionals, and are exchanged for food at the Foodbank. A very careful note is kept of the quantity of food received by the Foodbank, the quantity of food which has to be discarded because of being out of date, and the quantity given out to clients.
A reminder of the goods required is as follows:-
Canned soup, vegetables, spaghetti, baked beans, fruit, rice, custard, meat, fish, cereal, pasta, sugar, jam, biscuits, tea, coffee, long-life milk and fruit juice.
We are grateful for all your donations, and you can be assured that they will be well used and appreciated.