Dave and Pamela Cook have lived in Sudbrooke for seven years, and since the pandemic have volunteered helping with Lincoln Foodbank.
“During the Covid 19 lockdown, the Sudbrooke community, the Village Store and ourselves got together and decided that we could put a project together to help Lincoln Foodbank” Dave recalls. “Donations would be dropped at the Village Store, or we would collect them from the villagers themselves and deliver their donations.”
Sudbrooke Village Store still acts as a local drop off point for donations, and the husband-and-wife team are grateful for the continued support, “the owner Arvind Bhutiya has been brilliant and has provided us a focal point for donations.”
According to the Trussell Trust, the network that Lincoln Foodbank are part of, between April 2022 and March 2023, the number of people that used a food bank for the first time was 760,000. December 2022 was the busiest month on record for food banks in the Trussell Trust network, with a food parcel being distributed every 8 seconds.
“The pandemic resulted in widespread economic disruptions, job losses, and financial hardships for many individuals and families” explains Dave. “This led to an increased demand for food assistance services as people struggled to meet their basic food needs.” This demand on food assistance has continued to increase, this time as a result of the cost of living crisis which is putting even more added pressure on people from all walks of life.
Many feel embarrassed needing to seek help from a food bank, especially those who historically may have not needed any help of that kind before. It is important to break down barriers and minimise any stigma surrounding these services, as any of us could experience unforeseen circumstances at any point in our lives, leading us to need support from others. “I like to think it’s really important to accept food banks are an essential pillar of compassion and support in our communities, offering a lifeline to those facing unforeseen challenges and hardship” says Dave. “They are not a symbol of defeat but rather a testament to our shared humanity, reminding us that in times of need, it is our collective responsibility to ensure no one goes hungry. They remind us that adversity can touch anyone, and seeking help during tough times is an act of resilience and courage.”
Dave and Pamela hope their involvement with Lincoln Foodbank can inspire others to contribute and volunteer, creating a ripple effect of generosity and community engagement. “Donating to a food bank is a meaningful and impactful way to make a positive difference in your community and the lives of individuals and families facing food insecurity. Together we can make a difference!” Dave concludes.
If you would like to get involved and make a donation, or require their services, search Lincoln Foodbank on Facebook or visit their website lincoln.foodbank.org.uk to find more information.
Photo Credit: Lincoln Food Bank Facebook Page (image on right)