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Glossopdale Foodbank banking on your donations

Glossopdale Foodbank is busier than ever as more and more people turn to it for help.

The hunger shows no sign of easing as locals struggle to make ends meet.

In the first three months of this year, the foodbank put food on the table for approximately 142 Glossopdale families with 173 children benefitting.

A hundred single people were also fed.

Foodbank chairman Cllr Godfrey Claff said: “Although we look forward to a time when we will no longer be needed, we don’t envisage that will be any time soon.

“Our lottery funding runs out in March next year, so we have to have a new and sustainable strategy from April 2019 to keep the service in business.”

According to vice-chair Dave Wilcox that will mean more local people giving more than they are at present.

He said: “The people of Glossopdale have been tremendously generous.

“Over Easter alone we received cash donations of £500 over and above the regular food donations that people make in our collection baskets.

“But increasingly we will need regular monthly cash contributions to boost the funding we need to keep our service going.”

Formerly known as Bare Necessities, the foodbank has just been granted charitable status at a national level by the Charity Commission.

Foodbank co-ordinator Charlotte Mendes-Kelly, who echoed Mr Wilcox’s comment, said this would ensure that each individual monthly donation of £10 could be linked to Gift Aid thereby boosting the donation by an extra £2.50.

She also highlighted the valuable additional donations made by companies such as Boots who generously contributed items over the Easter period.

Referring to people who donate money and regularly put food in Glossopdale Foodbank baskets in supermarkets and other outlets, Charlotte said: “It is really heart-warming.

“Glossopdale people are so generous.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Glossopdale Foodbank either as a one off, or regularly, should contact Charlotte at the Bureau, Bank House, 22 Henry Street, Glossop, SK13 8BW.

You can call her on 01457 852153 or mobile on 07811 684282.

Or email her at [email protected]

MAIN PICTURE:  JUST BOOT(S)IFUL: It’s not just food that Glossopdale Foodbank need. Diane, Rebecca and Debbie from Boots in Hadfield, pack badly needed supplies of toiletries.