An introduction to our project.
In the middle of 2013 a group of local people got together and asked the question “does Royston need it’s own foodbank?” The answer came back a resounding “YES”. It took a while to get things organised but finally on April 1st 2014 the Royston Foodbank was opened by Town mayor Bob Smith, serving not only Royston town but the rural villages within a 7 mile radius. Two years on we have a dedicated team of 30 volunteers and over 50 partner agencies.
Several businesses were on board from the start. Homestore, Bedstore and Cecil Newlings (Dignity) offered us space for our food store, and The Openhouse Project, a local charity working with young people, offered to host our foodbank sessions. These generous offers have been invaluable. Many local businesses and organisations have donated funding to assist both with our set up and running costs but we should also mention our amazing, generous community who continue to meet our ongoing food requirements and much more.
We like to help our visitors feel comfortable and really relaxed while at the foodbank. Sitting down on sofas chatting with the volunteers over a cup of tea or coffee we often identify areas of need other than food, some of which we can help with. For other situations we signpost to local organisations that can assist. As a Christian charity we also offer to pray with them, which is often well received. We like our clients to feel valued, and where possible to leave feeling more optimistic about the future.