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Leek Foodbanks receives nine commendations

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Pictured, from left, at the Sainsbury's food collection are Rachel Overton and Bob Eaton of Leek Foodbank, Leek town mayor Keith Harrison and Heather Fryer-Winder of Sainsbury's

Pictured, from left, at the Sainsbury's food collection are Rachel Overton and Bob Eaton of Leek Foodbank, Leek town mayor Keith Harrison and Heather Fryer-Winder of Sainsbury's

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LEEK and District Foodbank has received nine commendations after undergoing a quality assessment.

The facility underwent its first Quality Assurance Assessment by the Trussell Trust, which looks at the complete set up and operation of foodbanks.

Ian Smith, project co-ordinator for Leek and District Foodbank said: "The inspector's report contained remarks such as 'I would recommend Leek and District Foodbank as a reference for others seeking to start a foodbank and that the team are to be congratulated on establishing long term sustainable structures and financial support'.

"It also stated that Leek and District Foodbank is very much a model Trussell Trust Foodbank.

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"Comments like these make all the hard work really worthwhile and I would like to express a big thank you to everyone in the whole team who have played their part in bringing about this excellent assessment."

Mr Smith said the foodbank was running low on treat items, so if anyone is able to donate chocolate, snack bars, sweets, jellies they would be most useful.

The foodbank is presently serving an average weekly figure of 26 people.

Last week members of the foodbank held a collection day at Sainsbury's supermarket.

Bob Eaton, media and supermarket co-ordinator for the foodbank, said: "We carried out a supermarket collection day at Sainsbury's Supermarket in Leek which resulted in a great day for the foodbank as we collected 431.7 kilos of food.

"This equates to monetary value of £725.25, and we also collected £24.06 in cash.

"This is a tremendous step to continue the sustainability of the foodbank and we give thanks to all who helped or contributed to this success."

If you would like to become a volunteer and become involved in the foodbank contact Mr Smith on 01538 399481.

The foodbank, which operates from Leek Pentecostal Church in West Street, is a joint community venture hosted by Leek and District Churches Together.

The premises opened in June 2013 and at the end of its first year had provided food for 1,345 people, which includes 830 adults and 515 children.

During this time organisers have supplied 12,105 meals to people in need.

The foodbank is open on Tuesday and Friday each week from 10am to noon for people donating food, and 12.30pm to 2.30pm for people exchanging food vouchers.

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