A GRANT of almost £1,000 will help a Grimsby charity deal with the rising number of people using its food bank.
Author : Grimsby Telegraph
Rock Foundation, a charity that supports people with learning difficulties and disadvantages, has been successful in applying for a £975 grant from Sport Relief, distributed exclusively through the Grimsby Telegraph.
The money will be used to pay for a driver to pick up food for the charity's food bank – which the organisation has had for the last two years and served around 1,000 people with. The charity's deputy manager, Matthew Wooffindin, said the money will make a huge difference.
"Thousands of meals are given out each year from our food bank," he said.
"A permanent driver will allow us to pick up more fresh food, which we weren't able to do as much before. To be honest, we were struggling to get food in here on time before. So this will make a big difference.
"It will enable us to give out more high-quality food, which is exactly what we want to be doing.
"It will help us improve our provision, which can only be a good thing.
"So we were very happy when we heard we would be getting this grant. To be honest it was a bit of a weight lifted from our shoulders, so we are very grateful."
The Rock Foundation, based on Heneage Road, started a food bank to try and tackle what charity founder Pam Hodge described as "a growing problem".
Mr Wooffindin said food poverty is a growing problem in Grimsby.
"We've noticed a lot more people are using our food bank this year, so this grant is quite timely," he added.
"People are up against a lot more government sanctions than they used to be, which is making food poverty more and more common unfortunately.
"We were particularly busy around Easter where we had 20 to 30 people coming in every day, it was mad."
The charity will be holding a fun day at its Heneage Road building on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, with all funds going towards its ongoing running costs.
Source : Grimsby Telegraph