Sourcing enough food to include in healthy food parcels is always a challenge; we anticipated this would get much worse especially during the period people were stock piling, followed by stores having to set limits on what people could buy. Despite this, we have seen an amazing determination by donators, existing and new, to help us continue to provide healthy and complete food parcels to neighbours experiencing hard times.
It has been great to see and be involved with new partnerships developing, including some new store donation points, which helps make up for the fact that regular donation points, schools and churches are shut. I never imagined we would be involved in a chippy tea project with a foodbank and yet as a direct result of Covid-19 we are working with a local chippy to provide up to 90 chippy teas a week, to people who have accessed the foodbank, plus some of our own volunteers currently self-isolating or shielding.
This is a great way to give the important message that underpins everything we do, a message of caring and hope. My mum often says ‘food is important for the body, but good food is important for the soul’.