The recent Coronavirus pandemic saw a 51% increase in demand for the foodbank at YMCA Burton. Although the use the foodbank went up, unfortunately for a time, the donations reduced dramatically, due to a combination of issues, namely people bulk and panic buying in the super markets and possibly the regular donators shielding.
Despite this, the foodbank managed to sustain the service users and no one was turned away.
The foodbank has since been boosted with a £10,000 donation from Trent & Dove housing and the money has been earmarked to help pilot the employment of a Foodbank Coordinator and develop the infrastructure of the foodbank, recruit and train more volunteers which will in turn allow the current staff to focus on delivering direct services to residents and rough sleepers.
Ursula Bennion, Chief Executive. Trent & Dove Housing said: “ In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, local communities and businesses coming together to support one another has never been more important. Social purpose and acts of goodwill are at the heart of what we do and why we do it. I know that this is more than just a donation, that the YMCA will use the funding to make a real difference to those that need support the most right now. Trent & Dove are proud to be able to help this essential work to continue.”
YMCA Burton CEO Paul Laffey said; “We are thrilled and very thankful to have received this generous donation from Trent & Dove Housing and know they have also experienced their share of increased challenges running a frontline organisation during this pandemic. We are excited to pilot this scheme and hope it means we can help even more vulnerable people with emergency food parcels in East Staffordshire.”