Fresh calls for Foodbank donations

The Ely Foodbank on Barton Road has made a fresh appeal for donations to help under privilege families in the East Cambridgeshire region.
Food can be donated at the Ely branches of Sainsbury, Tesco, Nisa (Market Street) and Waitrose. Soham donations can be received at Asda and Co-op. Chatteris and March donations can be received at the Co-ops and the March Tesco. Littleport donations can be recieved at Co-op.
Currently they urgently need:

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit Juice (carton)
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice Pudding (tinned)
  • Instant Coffee
  • Instant mash potato
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam and
  • Biscuits or snack bars

How a foodbank works

Food is donated
The main way that food is donated is though ‘Supermarket Collections’. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals  also donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Food is sorted and stored
Once collected, the food is sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and proabation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Clients receive food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

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