Foodbank marks first year in operation

Foodbank trustees Barry Davies, Mel Tilley, Chris Taylor and Graham Hilton at Whitby's Coliseum Centre
Foodbank trustees Barry Davies, Mel Tilley, Chris Taylor and Graham Hilton at Whitby's Coliseum Centre

A mixture of volunteers, businesses, community partners and donors attended an event at The Coliseum Centre to mark Whitby Foodbank’s first year in operation.

Foodbank4whitby, which is based at the Evangelical Church in Skinner Street, opened its doors in January 2014.

Trustees say that its first 12 months have been a “success”, with more than 1,000 bags of shopping handed out to local people deemed to be in food poverty.

On average, the foodbank has been able to help five adults and 3.3 associated children each time it has opened its doors.

And Graham Hilton, who has been involved in the running of the project from its outset, said that the foodbank could not have helped so many people without the support of the dedicated group of volunteers who help keep it running.

“We decided to hold this event in order to mark our first year in operation, but more importantly to say thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and helped us out,” he added.

“It was also a great opportunity to feed back some of the key statistics from our first 12 months.

“We have received around 1,300 bags of food from people in Whitby and given out approximately 1,000.

“Christmas was one of our busiest periods, but it was also a time when people were very generous and donated plenty of food.

“We have estimated that our worth to the local community over the last year works out at roughly £20,000 in terms of volunteer hours and food given out.”

Dalewood House provided a buffet at the event which was attended by representatives from organisations including the borough council, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Guisborough Foodbank and supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.