Richmond foodbank thanks community for donations

The Storehouse foodbank.

Volunteers running Storehouse, the foodbank run by Influence Church in Richmond, say they have been overwhelmed with donations this Christmas.

The foodbank has received a large number of donations from schools, churches, shops, businesses, community groups and many individuals from all around the area.

Coordinator Suz Gregory said “We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of donations we have received this Christmas.

“In the past week we have been receiving between five and ten donations everyday.

Some as small as carrier bag, other delivered by the van load.

“We’re so thankful for everyone who has given so generously this year.”

Influence Church who have been running the foodbank for six years have said that this has been their busiest December to date. 

On Thursday, their final opening before Christmas, the church provided approximately 1,455 meals for those in need across the area. 

As well as proving essential food, the church have also given away approximately 30 special Christmas hampers to families across Richmondshire.

These included provisions for Christmas dinners, as well presents for those with children. 

Ben Dowding, senior minister of Influence Church, said: “It’s reported that the average family in the UK spends an extra £820 per year on Christmas.

“For many this is totally unachievable. Some can’t even afford to pay for heat for their homes, so Christmas is an extra headache for them.

“We’ve tried to lighten that load and with the help of the church, and wider community, have spread some Christmas joy.”

Suz added “Recent changes in benefits systems as well as a drop in temperature and added pressure of Christmas is why we think there has been such an increased need.

“Some of the stories of clients we are working with are difficult to hear. They are facing incredible difficulty, which in a town like ours is often hidden, but is very very real.

“It’s hard to think in today’s world that problems like this exist but the need is very real and we count it a privilege as a Church, to be able to help when needed.” 

StoreHouse will be open again on Thursday December 27th, between 4pm to 6pm for clients to receive food parcels.

However the Church offices will be closed over the week beginning December 24 so will be unable to take donations.
They have asked that any further donations wait until December 27, or from January 3.