Happy New Year to all from Bassetlaw Food Bank! It’s 2023 and whether you’ve adopted a New Year’s resolution or not, you’ve probably spent some time reflecting on the last year.
When the team at the Food Bank looks back at 2022, what comes to their mind is community spirit and just how grateful they for the support they receive.
“It never ceases to amaze me how generous the people of Bassetlaw are to their fellow residents,” said Kevin Dukes, Chair of Trustees. “We wouldn’t exist without their generosity, their kindness of spirit and their support.”
For the team, it’s the events where everyone says ‘Hi!’ and has a go on the tombola, and the donations bins at supermarkets that are full each week.
It’s the visit to the shop in Retford to say ‘I’m just doing a food shop for you, I’ll be back in a bit!’, and the regular anonymous online donations.
It’s the overwhelming food donations from the schools and churches at Harvest Festival, and the local corporates that spend volunteer days at the warehouse sorting through stock and making food parcels.
It’s the regular faces at the Retford market stall, and the donations of clothes from a spring clear out.
It’s the clubs and groups who donate and support Food Bank projects, and the wacky and brave sponsored events people do in the name of charity.
It’s the volunteers who week-in-week-out bring their can-do attitudes to do what’s needed to keep things running smoothly!
2022 was the Food Bank’s busiest year as a charity, both in terms of an increased need for food parcels and the launch of new projects to support more members of the community. They couldn’t have done it without your support.
So, this message is directly from the team at the Food Bank: “Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!”