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New foodbank to open in Pickering
Lesley Hurley, of the Ryedale Foodbank, receives the harvest collection of groceries and a cash donation from Sam Rhodes, centre, an advanced teaching assistant, deputy headteacher Catherine Barr, right, and pupils of Welburn Hall School
Malton and Norton Foodbank has helped 120 people, including 24 young children, since it opened three months ago.
Co-ordinator Lesley Hurley said that with winter fast approaching there was now concern that the demand for the service would rise particularly with the recent increase in fuel prices.
“As we brace ourselves for the colder weather and with increasing costs of food and fuel we expect to get busier and the need to become greater,” she said.
“We are also concerned about the trend towards people wanting food they don’t need to cook because they can’t afford to switch the electricity or gas on.”
Lesley said so far 70 vouchers have been redeemed since the foodbank, which is based at Hope Central in Castlegate, Malton, was launched.
She said: “Most of our clients have been single and aged between 25 and 65 and there have been many reasons for their crisis.
“However, we are concerned about the elderly who have not coming forward for help in Ryedale, possibly because of pride, shame or a stoic attitude.”
Lesley said: “We would like them to know we are very friendly, non judgemental, discrete and sincere when dealing with our clients and we would be so happy to help if they could find their way to us.”
Lesley said they would be opening a second foodbank in Pickering within the next month.
“Training is under way and we are hoping to run two sessions a week at Potter Hill Methodists,” she said.
Lesley said the project has been initiated by local churches and is a franchise of the Trussell Trust, a national charity which was set up in 2005.
• Food donations can be left at the Gazette & Herald office, 22 Yorkersgate, and Hope Central, Castlegate in Malton.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more at Hope Central or phone
•SCHOOLS have donated produce from their annual harvest festival to the Malton and Norton Foodbank.
The pupils at Pickering Junior School decided to support the foodbank after a project looking a different charities.
Year Three teacher Kate Stevenson said they had been exploring organisations which supported people who were hungry.
Pupils at Welburn Hall School, near Kirkbymoorside, also decided to support the foodbank as part of their harvest festival with a collection of food items and a financial donation.
Deputy headteacher Catherine Barr said they school hoped to forge further links with the local foodbanks.
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