Appeal for volunteers to help at Rushden’s food bank

Food banks can be a lifeline to people in need

Food banks can be a lifeline to people in need

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Volunteers are needed to support the work of a food bank which provides a lifeline to people in times of need.

Rushden food bank helps people with food parcels as well as offering support and advice when they need it.

Sorting through donations of food is just one of the jobs volunteers can help with

Sorting through donations of food is just one of the jobs volunteers can help with

But they can only offer this service with a team of volunteers and they are appealing for more people to come forward and help them help others.

The food bank is based at Rushden’s Full Gospel Church, although volunteers do not need to be church-goers.

It is run as part of East Northamptonshire Community Services, which also includes the night shelter.

Project manager Maria Borg said: “We are appealing for volunteers, and we would like to find some that drive as well.”

The food bank is in need of more people because there’s a lot of work to be done

Maria Borg

The majority of food is delivered to the food bank by the Phoenix Resource Centre in Wellingborough, but they also receive offers from other organisations and individuals which need to be collected.

Maria said: “We have only got a handful of volunteers and the food bank is in need of more people because there’s a lot of work to be done.

“The range of jobs includes sitting down and talking to clients, rotation of food, food parcels being made up as well as helping to tidy up.

“There’s a lot going on.”

Maria said they help a wide range of people, including a mother-of-four who was advised to go to the food bank by the Job Centre and they were able to help recently.

She added: “It’s vital at the moment because benefits are being cut.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer at the food bank can call Maria on 01933 353946 or pop in when the food bank is open.

It opens on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm.

Volunteers need to be aged 18 or over and able to offer regular support.

But the food bank would particularly like to hear from anyone who has a driving licence and can drive a van as this would really help them at this time.