Stroud District Foodbank in Wotton-under-Edge is going mobile to reach more people in need
WOTTON’S foodbank is hoping to reach more vulnerable people by going mobile.
The Wotton-under-Edge branch of the Stroud District Foodbank (SDF) is extending its service which provides people with food and support at times of crisis.
Part of the Trussell Trust, SDF also has branches in Dursley, Stroud and Stonehouse and has been operating for almost two years.
During this time the number of people accessing the service has been steadily rising.
Figures released in February by The Campaign to End Child Poverty estimated that around five per cent of children in Wotton are living below the poverty line.
SDF have extended their service to offer deliveries of food packages in Wotton.
Project manager Will Mansell said: "Despite the fact that Wotton has a foodbank distribution centre, its rural location means that it can be difficult for people to reach the centre to collect food.
"With this in mind the foodbank has recently set up a mobile out-of-hours drop-off scheme to ensure they are able to reach individuals in need of support who are unable to travel to a food collection site."
People can call the town’s foodbank and speak with volunteers to arrange a delivery.
Mr Mansell added: "It’s of the utmost importance that people are still able to access our service regardless of where they live."
The foodbank offers crisis intervention and works with other agencies to provide longer-term solutions.
People must be referred to SDF by frontline care professionals and are given a maximum of three food vouchers per ‘crisis.’
Each voucher provides nutritionally balanced dry and tinned food for three days to provide emergency relief.
For details of specific food items needed by the foodbank visit www.strouddistrict.foodbank.org.uk.
If you are a care professional that works in the south of the Stroud District and want to access the mobile foodbank please contact Mr Mansell on 01453 367077.
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