Appeal launched to boost foodshare service as demand continues to grow

An appeal has been launched to help support a foodshare service which provides food and household essentials to those in need across Richmondshire.

Colburn Zero Waste Foodshare service initially started in October last year to provide lunches for children at the local primary school.

However, it quickly grew and now helps around 70 families a week, with people from across Richmondshire receiving support.

The service has been generously supported by several local stores, including Tesco, Greggs, Lidl and Poundland which provide regular donations, as well as companies such as Colburn-based Signal Telecom which donated Christmas hampers and Colburn Fisheries, which has provided sacks of potatoes.

It has also received final support from Defra.

However, this funding is now coming to and end, despite volunteers saying the demand is growing, with the service now costing around £200 a week to keep going.

Volunteers say the service, which is based at Colburn Village Hall, is being used by residents in need from across Richmondshire and they are now operating a delivery service.

Users of the service do not need a referral to get help, although agencies do refer some people.

Volunteers say they get people from all walks of life if need of help.

Cllr Angie Dale, who helps coordinate the service, said that as well as those on universal credit, people in full-time are also struggling.

“It’s really tough out there  — there are people who have been furloughed and lost 40 per cent of their income, but they still have the same outgoings.

“We thought it would have slowed down but the demand is increasing.”

During the first lockdown, volunteers at the community hub made PPE for NHS and care workers and continue to provide hot meals for the elderly.

Angie added: “We have been all guns blazing throughout the pandemic but now we just need some support to keep going.”

Richmondshire Today has worked with the service to launch an appeal to raise £1,000 to keep it going for at least another month.

All money raised will go direct to Colburn Hub and Cafe Community Interest Company to be used by the foodshare service.

To donate to the appeal, click here.

The foodshare is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 11am and Saturday morning, 10am to 11am.

For more details on the service click here.

Volunteers are also appealing for local businesses who might be able to help with donations of food or essentials items.

If you can help call Angie on 07833 490502.