Bare Necessities, the Glossopdale Food Bank has been successful in its bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support a part time co-ordinator for the next five years.
The bid was submitted in partnership with the Buxton Food Bank with whom Bare Necessities will share approximately £20,000 per year.
The Chair of Bare Necessities, Maggie Mooney, said “It’s really good news that we have received this funding from the Big Lottery Fund as it will help us to extend our provision of emergency food parcels across Glossopdale over the next few years. Our main concern, as always, is to make sure that those individuals and families who find themselves experiencing extreme difficulties, are helped temporarily with emergency food.”
But Maggie also added, “The funding is going to be very helpful but it does not include money for additional food for those in crisis. We still need to fundraise for donations of food and money and it’s important that we keep this up. We are heartened by the generosity of our local communities who have been so generous in giving food and money to the Food Bank since it started in 2012.
“We also appreciate the donations given by local businesses and organisations. Without all of this, together with the good-will of our volunteers, our Food Bank would not exist.”
Cllr Dave Wilcox, Chair of Derbyshire County Council said, “It’s great news that we’ve got additional funding for a part time worker for the next five years, but all of us know that the true success will be when we don’t need to have a Food Bank in Glossopdale. Until that happens we will work hard to make sure that those in need have access to food parcels.”
Dave went on to say that “Christmas is going to be such a difficult time for many people and those who are having to choose between heating or eating will undoubtedly feel the pressure. Our Food Bank is going to be one of the many helping services ready to lend a hand.”
If you would like to volunteer for or donate to Glossopdale Food Bank, please see glossopdalefoodbank.info