Foodbanks in South Yorkshire are forging better links with local businesses to help them feed the rising number of hungry families using their services.
Andy Niblock, who works at the Sheffield S6 foodbank based at St Thomas’ Church on Gilpin Street, near Shalesmoor, said they were having to feed more and more hungry mouths.
He said: “There is an ongoing increase in the number of referrals from people with food vouchers wanting to use the foodbank.
“We have partnerships with supermarkets and get very generous donations from lots of people like neighbours, families, schools and churches.”
Companies across South Yorkshire are stepping in to help out foodbanks.
Berneslai Homes, which manages Barnsley Council’s housing stock, has donated food to the Gateway Foodbank, Mottram Street, Barnsley.
Voluntary co-ordinator Steph Aplin-Wakefield said: “We would like to thank all staff who donated food, we’re delighted. We rely on donations so that we can give help where it is needed.”
Pastor David McKeown, of The Hub Foodbank in Stocksbridge, Sheffield, said: “We have been busy lately. It is particularly families or young males that come here a lot.”
He stressed how helpful the Foodbank app has been – the app was launched in Sheffield in March and helps foodbanks to get the donations they need.
The app shows what food is needed or running out at foodbanks and helps people to make a shopping list of what to donate to them.
“It means that people who are making donations know what type of food we’re desperate for,” said Pastor Mckeown.
The S6 and the Hub foodbank are both run by The Trussell Trust which has more than 420 branches across the country and teams up with churches and communities to stock their shelves.
The Trussell Trust fed almost one million people last year –including around 330,000 children.