Mansfield food bank welcomes £2,500 donation as demand remains high amid pandemic

A Mansfield food bank has welcomed a boost of £2,500 to purchase essential food and toiletries for people in need as the economic impact of the pandemic is felt across the region.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 11:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 11:34 am
Mansfield Building Society donated £2,500 to the Sherwood Forest Foodbank.

Mansfield Building Society donated the funds to Sherwood Forest Foodbank, based in Mansfield Woodhouse, after a record number of people turned to food banks during the lockdown.

The Trussell Trust, which supports Sherwood Forest Foodbank, said that nationally it gave out 89 per cent more food parcels in April 2020 compared to the same period 12 months earlier.

With furlough schemes set to wind down and the longer term impact on the economy uncertain, it is thought that demand for food banks is set to remain high.

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Vickie Preston, head of HR at Mansfield Building Society, highlighted the importance of supporting the community at this time.

She said: “As a society, we are dedicated to supporting our community.

“We understand that Covid-19 has had a major impact on everyday life and we want to make sure we support those affected as much as possible.

“We hope this donation makes a difference to the lives of individuals and their families in the area, and helps to ease the stress and anxiety caused by the ongoing crisis.”

Keith Hadfield, project manager for Sherwood Forest Foodbank, said: “Thank you to Mansfield Building Society for their generous donation, which will help make a real difference to the growing number of people who rely on us at this time.

“Coronavirus has had a huge impact on people’s financial circumstances and left families wondering how they can afford to pay their bills and put food on the table.

“We don’t think anyone in our community should go hungry and this donation will help ensure we continue to support those in need.”

More information about giving and receiving help from the Sherwood Forest Foodbank can be found at sherwoodforest.foodbank.org.uk.