Families in Whitby who have been struggling through the tough economic times have been given a boost this week with the launch of the town’s first food bank.
Organised by a team of volunteers and supplied entirely by donations from Whitby residents, foodbank4whitby will provide a helping hand to anyone who needs an emergency food lifeline.
The food bank was launched this week and volunteer Chris Taylor said: “It’s really exciting to see something that six months ago was just an idea, now it’s a reality.”
The food bank is located to the rear of Whitby Evangelical Church on Skinner Street and can be accessed via Poplar Row. Inside are stored boxes and tins of food, freezer items, and other household goods such as cleaning products or toilet rolls.
Graham Storer said: “It’s a project in which many people and organisations can be involved. For my money that’s unique across Whitby.”
The Whitby food bank joins many similar groups that are being established across the country in a reaction to higher costs of living meaning more people find themselves in financial difficulty.
With reduced Government aid on offer, Mr Storer said communities are remembering how to care for each other.
He said: “The welfare state has been turned off and so we are going back and we have to start doing things for ourselves again.”
For Whitby residents who may have found themselves in difficulty, Graham Hilton said there is no reason to be embarrassed about asking for help.
He said: “We want people to come forward because there are people to help. This can be done confidentially and we are here to respond to your cry for help.”
For more information or to donate call 07812965924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The food bank is open every monday and friday from 2pm-4pm
Each parcel contains enough food to last three days and is designed to help people survive a single food emergency
The food bank carries a start-up stock that is estimated to be 70 food parcels.
The contents of a typical food parcel are pictured above
More donations are therefore required to keep the food bank well stocked
Parcels are made up and can be available 10 minutes after the person arrives, but they are invited to stay and chat to staff