During the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve delivered food parcels to 312 households, feeding 838 people. This is an 83% increase on the same period in 2019. Thank you so much for your support. As we’re seeing a growing need in villages like Ruddington, now is the time for us to explain how you, or those you know, can access our help.
The NG11 Foodbank, which is part of the national Trussell Trust charity network, is here for any individual or family struggling to put food on the table. The current crisis has exposed the fragility of our incomes and savings; that’s why we expect many more households to need the Foodbank in the coming months.
We work on a voucher system. This makes sure the donations are targeted and we use our resources wisely. So, how do you get a voucher? We now have four contacts in the village: Ruddington Medical Centre, Andrew Buchanan (St Peter’s Vicarage), Sam Hackett (Ruddington Baptist Church) and Simon Rose (Ruddington Methodist Church).
Alternatively, you can call Wendy White, the NG11 Foodbank Manager, direct on 07538 916 757.
All enquiries are handled sensitively and confidentially. We make a note of the numbers of adults and children in the household, whether they need cleaning products, toiletries, baby products, and even pet food. Vouchers and parcels are then sorted and home deliveries made on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Wendy White says: “We’ve totally transformed the way we’re supporting people in the wider NG11 area. That’s why I’m so grateful to our new voucher-holders. With your support, both in terms of donations and referrals, we’ll do our best to feed local families. If you know anyone struggling to pay for food, please contact the village voucher-holders, or call me.
“We continue to need donations of store cupboard food items, cleaning products, toiletries and pet food. During lockdown, we’ve received very welcome collections by the Fire & Rescue Service team and East Midlands Airport. Please keep buying something extra for the Foodbank every time you shop.”
Donations can be left in the designated areas in the Co-op stores in Ruddington and Clifton, ASDA West Bridgford, Sainsbury’s in Ruddington, Cotgrave and Keyworth, and Morrisons in Clifton.
Gwen Eyre, Co-op Member Pioneer for Clifton and Ruddington says: “I’m so pleased the Ruddington Food Store is supporting the NG11 Foodbank in these challenging times. As one of our local community causes, the foodbank received a pay-out from the Co-op of £1,280 in April and will receive a second instalment in November.
“Co-op Members can support NG11 Foodbank every time they shop by swiping their blue membership card and nominating it as their local cause. Please visit www.coop.co.uk/local-causes to become a Member, or to nominate your preferred cause”
Financial support for the Foodbank is always welcome. Please make cheques payable to Hope Church Nottingham (Foodbank) or donate online at https://hopechurchnottingham.churchsuite.co.uk/donate/.
Louise Third (Foodbank Committee)