VIDEO: CHRISTMAS FOODBANK APPEAL 2018: Spotlight on Sutterton Foodbank, now in its fifth year of helping people in need
Volunteers from Sutterton Foodbank are now into their fifth year of helping people who are living on the edge”.
It is also the fifth year that the foodbank, which opened at St Mary’s Church, Sutterton, in September 2014, has been part of the Spalding Guardian’s annual Christmas Foodbank Appeal.
A satellite centre of Boston Foodbank, the volunteers at Sutterton’s village church have come to the aid of some of the 2,390 people who needed emergency food parcels from its parent foodbank in 2017-18.
Janet Mossman, coordinator of Sutterton Foodbank, said: “We get people who have gone on to benefits for the first time because of redundancy or who are having a change in benefit payments.
“There are also people who are living on the edge in that what they get in income is soon spent on essentials and once they get more, they have to spend more.
“Even though we’re based in Sutterton, we don’t just get people from the village and surrounding villages like Fosdyke, Wigtoft and Swineshead.
“Because we’re open on Fridays, we also serve people who can’t get to Boston Foodbank which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
"It's rewarding when clients come into St Mary's and most of them are very grateful for our help."
Together, the two foodbanks have helped more than 10,000 people since 2013, despite evidence that some sections of the community are unaware of their existence.
Maxine Correya, project manager for Boston and Sutterton Foodbanks, said: “It’s been both a humbling and rewarding experience to promote what we do here as it is such a vital service to the people in our areas.
“We have had clients who have suffered a bereavement, gone into deep depression and lost their jobs who have then found themselves at our foodbanks.
“There have also been clients who have been made redundant and, because of benefit delays, come to our doors for the first time.
“We’ve witnessed absolute panic and embarrassment from some of our clients who say ‘I don’t want to be here, but I have no choice’.
“Many people who have contacted us didn’t even know that we existed and so I don’t believe that enough organisations are signposting people who are in desperate need of our services to us.
“Hopefully, one day, there won’t be the need for foodbanks.
“But until that happens, we must fight together in order to prevent poverty and hunger in the UK.”
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