Council staff donate after foodbank appeal

Published Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Leader of the Council, Cllr Chris Read, with volunteers from The Hub Food Bank
Leader of the Council, Cllr Chris Read, with volunteers from The Hub Food Bank

Big hearted Rotherham Council staff have made personal donations of twelve boxes worth of items to the food bank based at The Hub Church in Canklow. The donations include tinned meat, dried pasta and

Staff responded to the appeal following a visit in March to The Hub by Council Leader, Councillor Chris Read.

Pastor Dave Mckeown, Senior Pastor at The Hub Church said; “Just one tin of soup or box of cereal can mean the difference from being fed to going hungry for a child or even an adult sometimes for more than one day when we don't get the support from caring people like yourselves to run the Hub Food Bank.

“As you have taken the time to bring in some extra food to show your support we want you to know that it can go to a single a mum with three children a hard work person who has just lost their job unexpectedly.

Councillor Read said; “Earlier this year I saw for myself the great work that volunteers at The Hub do. The Council already makes provision for supplies of ambient food to the The Hub and other foodbanks in the borough, but the donations that they receive from individuals over and above this make a real difference. Sadly, we know that the number of people who depend on foodbanks for the basics has been rising steadily over the last few years, but they tell me that the impact of Universal Credit is especially evident on those who rely on the foodbank now. Until that changes they will continue to need the support of the wider community.”

Anyone able to make a donation can take it to The Hub church at 103 Canklow Road during opening hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11.30 am until 1.30 pm, or during the informal and lively church service on Sundays at 11 am. The Hub also offers a free debt advice service in association with Christians Against Poverty. Drop in during opening hours for more information.