The Rotherham Foodbank has been looking back at its operations throughout the Covid pandemic.
Based at the Hope Centre, the foodbank is part of a nationwide network, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
The aim is to provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.
Due to current circumstances with COVID19 they’ve been running a client collection and delivery service – collection is available to clients by referral only. Communities have also come together to boost donations through the pandemic.
An update from the Rotherham Foodbank said: “In the last month alone we handed out almost 4 tonnes of food to desperately needy people, which is incredible, especially given that we rely solely on donations to be able to meet those needs – that is a crazy amount of food! So thank you so much to everyone who donates!
“In total last financial year we fed around 3,000 clients in Rotherham alone which is amazing – we always consider it a privilege being able to help people, and build trust and contacts with them.
“Even during COVID we’ve had some wonderful testimonies from a number of our drivers of the doorstep, distanced conversations they’ve been able to have, and the encouragement and prayers they’ve been able to give to the people they’re delivering too as well. Despite the pandemic posing huge restrictions, it’s also provided us with some amazing opportunities.”
Since first measuring statistics and donation levels in 2015, the foodbank recently passed the 200 ton mark.
Images: Rotherham Foodbank