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Big Lottery grant boosts food bank
Friday 13th December 2013 @ 20:33 by Lisa B

Glossopdale’s food bank is sharing a £100,000 Big Lottery Fund grant – but it can’t be spent on food!

The money, which Bare Necessities splits with Buxton’s food bank, will fund a part-time co-ordinator for the next five years.

Bare Necessities chairman Maggie Mooney, said: “It’s really good news,  the funding will help us to extend our provision of emergency food parcels across Glossopdale.

“Our main concern, as always, is to make sure individuals and families who find themselves experiencing extreme difficulties, are helped temporarily with emergency food.”

But she added: “It is going to be very helpful, but it does not include money for additional food for those in crisis.

“We still need to fund raise for donations of food and money and it’s important that we keep this up.

“We are heartened by the generosity of local communities who have given food and money to the food bank since it started in 2012.”

She added: “We also appreciate the donations from local businesses and organisations. without this, together with the good-will of our volunteers, our food bank would not exist.”

Derbyshire County Council chairman Dave Wilcox said the extra funding was ‘great news.’

He added: “But all of us know that the true success will be when we don’t need to have a food bank in Glossopdale.

“Until that happens we will work hard to make sure that those in need have access to food parcels.”

Cllr Wilcox went on to say: “Christmas is going to be such a difficult time for many people and those who are having to choose between heating or eating will undoubtedly feel the pressure.

“Our Food Bank is going to be one of the many helping services ready to lend a hand,” he added.

by David Jones