Trussell Trust have sent me the dates for our winter collection at Tesco. As usual we will be collecting from the Tesco Extra store Skimpot Road Dunstable LU5 4JU.
We are responsible for providing volunteers from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday 30th November, Friday 1st December and Saturday 2nd December.
Fortunately, volunteers from Ringway Jacobs will be covering Thursday, 30 November and Friday 1st December, but I will still need volunteers for Saturday 2nd December.
As usual we will ask volunteers to work two hour shifts, from 9.00-11.00, 11.00-13.00, 13.00-15.00 and 15.00–17.00. If you are able to work one (or more!) of these shifts, please let me know as soon as possible.
I will also need to have some experienced volunteers (ie have done previous Tesco collections) to support the Ringway Jacobs teams on the Thursday and Friday. I shall aim to be present at the beginning and the end of each day, but it would be very helpful if we could arrange to have one experienced volunteer available throughout the day. Please could you let me know if you could be available on the Thursday and Friday and if so what times you would be able to work.
We continue to need regular donations of the items on our shopping list, but we are currently short of:
UHT Fruit Juice
Long Life Sponge Puddings
Chocolate / Sweet Treats.
I thought the following 2 items may be of interest.
Individual stories of the people we help are more powerful than figures – so here is a story followed by the results of a study of foodbank usage the Trussell Trust comissioned from Oxford University. The full report can be accessed via the Trussell Trust website.
“The foodbank gave me faith that there are people who understand and who you can trust.”
For nine years, Marcella, 32, a trained veterinary nurse from Chelmsford, has suffered from a chronic spinal condition. Unfortunately, when her health deteriorated, she was forced to stop working to undergo a spinal operation and it was then that she began to notice herself struggling.
She explained: “Sometimes it’s very difficult to manage, even budget, especially when the price of food, gas and electric is not cheap anymore. It’s so hard to pay rent and survive at the moment. People should not just be surviving though, they should be able to live and have a life.”
Marcella never expected to have to use a foodbank, but when her benefit support of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was switched to Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), the payment that she so desperately relies on was delayed and she found herself turning to The Trussell Trust for help.
Marcella is very grateful that the foodbank was able to help her through this difficult time, especially for signposting her to another agency, who have been able to provide her with a social worker for some extra support. She explained: “The foodbank gave me faith that there are people who understand and who you can trust. They made me feel comfortable and reassured. I felt a bit ashamed at not being able to support myself but they took the pressure off. The foodbank really helped and was there for me in every way.”
Since then, Marcella’s confidence has improved: “Without their support, I don’t feel like I would have been able to cope. We need to stop judging people and listen to every individual to understand how they got into the situation.”
Marcella is currently focusing on getting her health back on track and is looking forward to the future.
University of Oxford study on foodbank use
The Trussell Trust commissioned an 18-month research project from the University of Oxford, led by Dr Rachel Loopstra. It is the single biggest nationwide study on foodbank use to date. Involving more than 400 households referred to foodbanks, the data collected on demographics, income levels, living conditions, health, and food insecurity provides unparalleled new detail about both the circumstances of people referred to foodbanks and the key drivers of foodbank use.
Downloads available here.
Best wishes. Mike Pittam. Operations Manager Dunstable Foodbank