Earlier this year we started a food bank collection and last week Jeff and I dropped it off at the St Ann’s & Sneinton Food Store in Nottingham. We met two lovely people who run the food store called Barry and Steph. They told us about setting it up last December, how it all works and how much in demand it is now. They now need regular support and donations from the community to keep it all going. We heard stories of the people they helped and it was a real eye opener for us about how quickly people can end up in a crisis situation and be in need of their help. These are people with no food or funds at all and include families with young children, pensioners, disabled people and homeless people or those going through a period of change in their lives through no fault of their own.
Donations are urgently needed of non-perishable foods and other items such as: rice, pasta, couscous, cereals, long-life milk, tea bags, sugar, flour, salt/pepper, lentils, baked beans, tinned foods, chick peas, kidney beans, cooking oil, sauces/spices, packet soups, packet noodles, shampoo/soap, toilet rolls, female hygiene products, washing powder, fabric softener, washing up liquid. If you would like to arrange a donation to the St Anns & Sneinton Food Store please call 07827 248750 or email email@example.com.
Barry and Steph are also setting up facilities to start providing clothing and furniture for people in need in the area so will also be accepting donations for that in the near future too.
Unfortunately, the need for food banks throughout the whole of the UK has increased rapidly in recent months so if this one isn’t nearby you, perhaps you could arrange a collection for one that is. The Trussel Trust has a network of food banks throughout the UK or you you can find one in your area through Google. One thing is for sure, the people in need of food banks and the people running them really are relying on the kindness of strangers.