Doncaster food bank services were accessed at triple the normal rate during the height of the pandemic

A Doncaster food bank is preparing for another increase in use if there is a second wave of coronavirus this winter, and are asking for volunteers to help deliver food to people in crisis.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 8:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 8:11 am

Sandra Edwards is the project manager at Doncaster Food Bank.

“During the height of the pandemic we saw triple the number of people coming to the food bank than we would normally see,” she said.

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The food bank has recieved a lot of donations over the last four months - this one was from Tesco.

“It really hit a turning point during Easter before any of the government measures had come into place to help people.

“We help people that are in crisis and oftentimes they come to be in that position suddenly.”

Sandra says levels have returned to normal during the last month due to the government introducing mortgage freezes and credit card holidays.

But they are getting ready for when those services come to an end and people may be looking towards food banks again.

Sandra said: “We are expecting a high number of redundancies when the furlough scheme ends.

“And if there is a second wave of the virus this Winter we will be expecting demand to increase.

“We’re well stocked and have received a lot of donations both of food and money throughout the pandemic.”

One area that the food bank is looking for help with is their volunteers.

As many of their current volunteers are over 65 they have been shielding throughout lockdown.

Meaning the whole food bank service has been operating with only seven volunteers plus Sandra who has been working 12 hours a day to keep up with demand.

“We want to encourage anyone who is interested to enquire if you have experience and the skills to be a volunteer,” she said.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer for the food bank can call 07568 247 288 for more information.

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