Driffield Churches together have celebrated the successful launch of a food bank in the town.
The food bank, aimed at helping the needy was officially opened on Thursday 12 September at All Saints Church in Driffield.
The vicar of Driffield, the Rev Andrew Ison, said: “The launch was really lovely, we had 30 plus people come along which was great to see.
“It is a Driffield Churches Together iniative despite being run at All Saints so it was great to have a representative from all of the churches there.”
Churches together in Driffield have joined forces with the Holderness Food bank based in Hornsea - a co-operation between churches in Hornsea and district, based alongside St Nicholas’ Church, Hornsea - to provide an outpost for the Wolds region, creating the Holderness and Wolds Foodbank.
The Holderness and Wolds Foodbank is part of a national network of foodbanks operating through the Trussell Trust (www.trusselltrust.org). There are over 300 foodbanks operating in the UK (April 2013).
Mr Ison added: “The foodbank is not an open supermarket. Food is distributed via a voucher system.
“Vouchers are held by registered care professionals such as Social Services, Health Visitors, Church leaders and others working in the front line of poverty.
“A professional, who is aware of a need, can issue a voucher which can then be redeemed by presenting this at the foodbank where it will be exchanged for 3 days of tinned and dry food for their family.
“In addition, we hope to offer some of the other essentials of life including toiletries and the like in due course.”
Foodbanks engage the whole community in providing food to local people going hungry. The ‘Holderness and Wolds Foodbank’ will collect and store food donated by the community. It will collect food from the public, at supermarkets, from churches and through local groups and schools, and this is ‘banked’ in a store. The food can then be drawn on by people in crisis.
The foodbank distribution centre in Driffield will be open from 1 pm to 2.30pm on Mondays and 2pm to 4pm on Thursdays. The Foodbank will staffed by volunteers from the community and governed by a strict confidentiality culture.
If anyone wishes to get in touch with the foodbank they can do so via email at: email@example.com or by calling 07936546033