Kidderminster firm helps Worcester Foodbank cope with demand

A BUILDING contractors based in Kidderminster has stepped in to help the volunteers struggling to cope with demand at Worcester Foodbank. A surge in donations from the local community has helped the charity to manage a record rise in referrals in recent months – but left volunteers running short of space to store supplies. That was until Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce put food bank in touch with Kidderminster-based company Hannafin, which has since donated storage units, shelving and a pallet truck to make it easier for volunteers to store and move around supplies.

Ciaran Considine, Hannafin’s head of business development, said: “When I visited Worcester Foodbank, I was blown away by the amazing work volunteers were doing and I felt compelled to act. “You won’t find the items we’ve donated on the usual shopping list but without them the warehouse would struggle to operate. It’s our way of helping the fight against hunger.”

Grahame Lucas, Worcester Foodbank manager, said: “When Hannafin came to visit us, I handed them a wish list of what we needed and was stunned when they bought every item. “Without these acts of extraordinary kindness from local businesses and the wider community we would struggle to cope with the unprecedented demand for emergency food.” The foodbank says pressure has been mounting on the charity since the roll-out of Universal Credit in October 2018.

And there is little sign of demand easing, with the foodbank feeding more than 1,300 people during the first two months of 2020 – up almost 20 per cent on the same period last year.

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