The foodbank on Spital Hill in Burngreave received over a tonne of food from local primary schools and churches, as well as the public, during the recent Harvest Festival.

Long-life foods such as tinned goods, pasta and rice as well as toiletries have recently been donated in huge numbers.

Rachel Snow, administrator at Burngreave Foodbank said: “As much as many people may think we have government support, all the food comes from public donations.

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by how generous people are and we’re just really, really grateful for that.”

The Trussell Trust work with over 400 foodbanks across the UK. Yesterday, statistics were released highlighting the pressure that the five week wait for this benefit is having on foodbanks countrywide.

With a tonne of food lasting around a month this time of year, donations are always welcome to help support those who need it.

With the recent introduction of Universal Credit across Sheffield, foodbanks such as this one in Burngreave are yet to experience the outcome of the issues with this new benefit scheme.

Rachel said: “People are going into debt before they’ve gained the benefit. Many are also receiving less than they would have received before.

“There’s a lot of people asking for help at Christmas, but something like a tin of rice pudding doesn’t cost a lot. We’re not asking for a lot, just that little bit of help.

“Particularly with Christmas coming, for foodbank users it is a more difficult time of year because of pressures and expectations to give presents or provide nice food for their children.”

Burngreave Foodbank would like to encourage donations around Christmas time to include Christmas treats, mince pies, chocolates or advent calendars to help make a family’s Christmas that bit easier. 

With around seven volunteers at each session, more volunteers are always needed to help make food parcels, attend food collections at supermarkets and to be there to listen when people need it.

Anne Winckle, 73, has volunteered at the foodbank for two years. Anne said: “I really feel like I’ve been able to meet a need. My main role is listening to people and many people have a lot that they need to release.

There are so many people who have gone through such terrible situations. I like to cheer people up sometimes. I think listening, more than talking, is my role.”

If you would like to make a donation or lend a hand volunteering, visit the Burngreave Foodbank website or find them on Twitter at @burngreavefb. Volunteering is flexible and any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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