As we are currently donating £250.00 a month to the Rushden Food Bank, we thought that it would be a good idea to have an update on their activities, so Judy, Bill, Joan and Trevor paid them a visit. We began at the Full Gospel Church in High Street South where currently the food is organised for collection by clients. Most of the food is donated by businesses and individuals with certain items including cleaning, washing, and personal hygiene items being purchased as required. Food parcels are provided for up to 30 clients each week. All people arriving or recommended are interviewed to establish a need and why they are actually in food poverty. They are given advice on their particular situation and the provision of food is conditional on the client engaging and following the recommendations made. A maximum of six food parcels are provided if requested.
We then moved on to the warehouse which is situated next to the Mind premises with access from the Tesco car park. Food is either delivered here or collected from supermarkets, and is stored in secure containers and carefully organised in date order. The parcels are made up and transferred to the Church for distribution.
The distribution centre will shortly be moved from the Church to the former Serve premises in Church Street which will make the whole process easier and more efficient.
The money donated to the charity for the Food Bank is ring fenced for that purpose and is used for the purchase of products or the payment of running costs such as the part time manager and rent etc. Our conclusion was that this is a very well run charity which is providing a much needed function to the people of Rushden.
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