Uttlesford Foodbank looks to raise awareness throughout district

PUBLISHED: 12:14 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 17 March 2017

Left to right: Uttlesford Foodbank volunteers Chloe Fiddy, Malcolm Domb and Margaret Dawson

Left to right: Uttlesford Foodbank volunteers Chloe Fiddy, Malcolm Domb and Margaret Dawson

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A foodbank which helps hundreds of people in crisis in Uttlesford each year is looking to raise awareness of its operation in the district.

Uttlesford Foodbank, which is run entirely by a group of 30 volunteers, want to make support professionals in the area aware of the service they provide to people who are struggling to put food on the table.

Food donations come from supermarkets, such as Waitrose and Tesco in Saffron Walden as well as Tesco in Dunmow, alongside parcels from churches, schools, and community groups in the district.

Malcolm Domb, 60, formerly Saffron Walden Waitrose manager, co-ordinates the foodbank and says that the generosity of people in Uttlesford never ceases to amaze him.

He said: “It’s incredible the amount of food we are donated. We have collection points in the supermarkets and people are extremely generous about what they give.

“When we put out a message to say we are short of particular items, the next week we are inundated with those items.

“What we really want to do is get the message out there to all support professionals in the district to say that they can get in contact with us.

“Our donations are done mainly through a referral system called Uttlesford Frontline, which is used by GPs, social workers and health visitors and others.

“But we often get calls from professionals asking if we can help, which of course we can.”

Last year the foodbank, which runs in partnership with the Salvation Army, fed 423 people in Uttlesford, with 113 of those being children.

Food parcels can be collected in Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Dunmow or Takeley.

Chloe Fiddy, 44, volunteer, said: “I really wanted to do some volunteering work and the foodbank is such a worthwhile cause because not everyoneis able to feed themselves on a regular basis.

“It could be somebody going through a bad patch or someone who has had an operation and can’t get to the shops. It can happen to anyone.”

Margaret Dawson, 63, another volunteer, said: “I think not being able to feed your children through poverty must be one of the worst feelings. That’s where the foodbank can really make a difference.”

To find out more about Uttlesford Foodbank, click here.

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