Foodbank thanks community for helping feed Rotherham over harsh winter

Volunteers at a Rotherham foodbank have thanked the community for their donations, which provided a “precious lifeline” to Rotherham residents at risk of going hungry over the winter.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:29 am

The Food for People in Crisis Partnership, a group of organisations in Rotherham, received generous donations from residents, students, businesses, and even the borough’s MP.

The donations allowed the partnership to provide hampers for familiesin need, and offer extra services over the winter period.

Sarah Champion MP said: “I was very pleased to help in a small way. I feel proud that so many have pulled together to help people in Rotherham, what a great positive to come out of this pandemic.”

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Vanessa Bryan and Peter Callahan, who donated to the foodbank said: “People and families are living on a financial knife edge, and without the support ofthe Food for People in Crisis Partnership, many Rotherham folk would go hungry.

“We can’t let this happen in the 21st Century and would encourage everyone to support the Food in Crisis Partnership in any way they can.”

Staff and students in the construction department at Rotherham College also pulled together to fundraise for the service.

Geoff Coughlan, Rotherham College construction and computing curriculum manager said: “We are incredibly proud of all our staff and students in the construction department who got behind raising money to help the Food in Crisis Partnership.

“Our college is focused on supporting the community as much as possible and we are always looking for ways to involve our students in volunteering and fund raising for invaluable local services.”

Teresa Brocklehurst, chair of the Food For People in Crisis Partnership said; “Thank you to everyone who has donated to the People In Need account, your donation is helping people who have lost their jobs, people on low incomes, isolated older people and children and families who are struggling to afford food.”

Voluntary Action Rotherham, a registered charity, coordinates the Rotherham Food for People in Crisis Partnership and has set up a dedicated bank account to receive donations, all of which is distributed to Partnership organisations via small grants awarded by an independent panel.

To find out more or make a donation, please visit: https://www.varotherham.org.uk/food-for-people-in-crisis/