Kettering food bank in desperate appeal for stock donations

Food bank
Food bank

A Kettering food bank has made a desperate appeal for help after an unprecedented demand over the summer.

The Kettering and District Foodbank is currently short of stock, to the point where workers are struggling to help the families they serve.

Paul Jackson, chief executive officer of Kettering Community Unit (KCU), has asked for the public to help replenish their stock.

He said: “The Kettering and District Foodbank supported over 1,500 people last year with emergency food supplies.

“During the school holidays this summer, we experienced unprecedented demand for food from families who have found it difficult to manage through this period.

“As a result of this, the foodbank stocks have been greatly reduced to the point where we are struggling to meet our current commitments.

“As a result of this, we are appealing for food donations from our community to help us restock our foodbank.

“In particular, we need tinned meat, fish, sugar, vegetables, fruit juice, pasta sauce, tea and coffee.

“If you can help, please take whatever you can to our foodbank in Stanier Close, our office at 51 Gold Street or either one of our charity shops at 7 Gold Street or 3 Newland Street.

“Please help us to help those less fortunate then us within our community.”

The foodbank is affiliated to the Trussell Trust, which runs 430 food banks in the UK.

Following a recent six-monthly audit carried out by the trust, the Kettering and District Foodbank received many commendations for the innovative way it is meeting its customers’ needs and for the efficient way it manages its processes.