Royston Foodbank, which was set up in the town in April 2014, will be ceasing operations at the end of November when Trustees and Project Managers Andy and Viv Williams will be retiring to spend more time with their family.
The Openhouse Project, also run by Andy and Viv, has generously allowed the foodbank to operate from its premises in Market Hill, but from November this building will no longer be available.
The Trustees of Royston Foodbank have been exploring many avenues over the past year, including the possibility of taking on a new building or becoming a satellite with another foodbank. They have also been in discussion with another community group who are keen to set up a new foodbank, and the trustees feel that this is the best option to enable ongoing help for local people. Should this new venture go ahead there could be a foodbank operating in the town again in the spring, but in the meantime Letchworth, Baldock and Cambridge food banks have assured us that Royston clients are very welcome to use their services. Referral agencies are being advised to continue to refer clients as normal but, after November, to direct people to their most appropriate foodbank.
Andy said ” We have found the last few years challenging but incredibly worthwhile. The service has been run completely by a dedicated team of volunteers, and the foodbank has been able to help many local families who have found themselves in difficulty.Being a fairly small foodbank in an amazingly generous community has meant that it has been possible to help people with more than just food needs. This closure has been a difficult but necessary decision and we fervently hope that our community will continue to support any new foodbank venture setting up in the town in the future.
Food collections for Royston Foodbank from Tesco store will cease this week as we have sufficient food stocks, and donors are advised that The Trussell Trust will be working with Tesco to re-allocate the in-store collection to another charity. This will probably be to FareShare, a charity dedicated to distributing food to more than 11,000 frontline charities in the UK.