Bassetlaw Food Bank (BFB) helped over 2,000 adults and over 1,000 children from April 2018 to March 2019. Those attending the food bank’s AGM in June heard that over 90 volunteers help to run the two food bank depots in Retford and Worksop and satellite stations in many ways: from sorting donations, stock rotation and packing parcels, to dealing with referrals in the centres and helping the clients, to picking up donations from supermarkets and schools and businesses, to promoting the work of the food bank in many ways. Without the volunteers the food bank would not exist or achieve what it does, and the trustees expressed their appreciation.
Many businesses support BFB in many ways. There are too many to list them all but they include The Hive Self Storage, who provided storage free of charge for the excess donations that came in at the end of 2018. These food items (mainly pasta, beans, soup and tomatoes) are gradually being moved back onto the shelves in the distribution centres ready to be added to parcels.
A part-time volunteer co-ordinator is to be employed in preparation for the busy period of the school summer holidays and autumn. The food bank continues to offer educational visits to its distribution centres, and has worked with the National Citizenship Service, offering teenagers life-changing experiences. In 2018, a group of young people raised funds from local businesses then bought items for the food bank to distribute.
Working in partnership with thirty plus partner agencies, including Bassetlaw District Council, Citizens Advice, Christians Against Poverty, children’s centres, family services and other community support agencies, the charity has supported in the last year, from April 2018 to March 2019, 2,029 adults aged 16 plus and 1,045 children, by providing 1,593 three-day emergency aid food parcels — an increase of 24% on the same period of the previous year.
On average, the charity continues to distribute over 100 emergency aid food parcels a month from the distribution centres and satellite collection points in the more rural areas of the district, such as Misterton, Harworth and Bircotes and Carlton-in-Lindrick.
Getting the word out about the importance of the food bank across the local community is important and Facebook and local press continue to be amazing tools, to keep people informed about what the charity is up to. To find out more about Bassetlaw Food Bank, and how to donate or volunteer, contact them on 01777 710858, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.bassetlawfoodbank.org or follow them on Facebook @bassetlaw.foodbank.
Everyone at the food bank is thankful to all those people who have shown their support — whether they are an individual or from a school, business, community group or charity. It is only by working together that we can support those who are in crisis through troubled times.