Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Hamstall Ridware

Rugeley Food Bank still hard at work

5 May 2020, 12:15 p.m.

Business is "As Usual" with Rugeley Foodbank although we are operating a little differently with social distancing in place and unfortunately we are not able to offer the usual tea, biscuits, chat and signposting service.

Many clients are unable to obtain vouchers from the usual sources so are contacting the Foodbank directly and we are assessing their needs and referring as appropriate.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 our food donation sources have diminished, with schools, churches and businesses closing down and generally less stock being available in supermarkets. Initially, we were inundated with offers of fresh food from local businesses closing down to the point where we had to decline .However, Morrisons and Tesco have now stepped forward nationally and they are helping to supplement Foodbanks' shortfalls. .

Fortunately, we have not had to implement a food delivery model. We have had more support agencies, social workers, probation, mental health workers etc collecting parcels on behalf of their clients and we have signposted those people unable to ask friends, neighbours or relatives to collect food on their behalf to contact the Chase Coronavirus Support Network who are running a service of volunteers which includes drivers. This has proved to be working very effectively

The Hart School have provided our volunteer front line workers with protective face visors that their 6th form have industriously made. They are also supplying other key workers in other sectors. Some of our regular volunteers have had to self isolate but we are left with a 'hardcore' who are totally committed and dedicated to continue to provide a professional service through this adversity.

We never cease to be amazed by the overwhelming support and generosity of the local community by way of offers to volunteer, give food and monetary donations. Our communities of Rugeley and outlying villages can stand together in honour by the way they have continued to support those amongst us who have little hope and are even more vulnerable during these difficult times. Thank you and God Bless you all.

The Rugeley Food Bank can be found at https://rugeley.foodbank.org.uk/ and there is a link to make painless donations of money!