Gillingham Foodbank clients top 1,000
GILLINGHAM Foodbank has now provided emergency help to more than 1,000 people since it opened on 1st December last year.
The clients are spread right across the Blackmore Vale: in Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sturminster, Stalbridge, Wincanton and the surrounding rural areas.
Distribution centre manager Sam says: "The sheer number of people helped by the Foodbank reflects the need in our country as a whole. We were astounded by the support during Harvest when we received 1.5 tonnes of food from local churches, schools and community groups. The support from our supermarkets – Waitrose, the Cooperative, Asda and Tesco – and from other companies and organisations has been fantastic, and we say a huge thank-you to them."
Looking ahead, Sam adds: "Next year will probably see a rise in the number of people we will help, because of economic conditions and the fact that people are still learning about our existence, with more agencies joining with us continually."
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A social was held at the Old Library, Gillingham, recently to thank volunteers for their work through the year.
Rob Walpole, committee member for the Dorset and Wiltshire Co-operative Area Committee, representing the Co-operative Community Fund, presented the Foodbank with a cheque for £2,000 last month.
There are additional points for donations of non-perishable food at Gillingham Foodbank's Distribution Centre, 6 Station Road, on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-noon; at Sturminster Newton Methodist Church on Mondays, 10am-noon; at Sturminster Newton Christian Fellowship, The Row, on Fridays from 10.30-noon, at Stalbridge Congregational Church, Station Road, on Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am, and Wincanton Community Church, South Street, on Wednesdays from 9am-11.30am.