Foyle Foodbank appeals for volunteers

Foyle Foodbank Appeals for Volunteers

Foyle Foodbank has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry.

James McMenamin, Manager of the Foyle Foodbank said “As a totally voluntary initiative volunteers are the life blood of the Foyle Foodbank. We have fantastic volunteers who are the driving force behind the Foodbank but due to increased demand we need more people to give up their time-we are looking for people who could commit to working with the Foodbank for at least two hours per week and we can guarantee that whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.
We have a variety of roles including volunteers for collecting food from donation points, sorting food at our depot, picking and packing parcels, providing support for people using the Foodbank, helping with deliveries and supporting events.

If you would like to join our friendly team please drop into our Volunteer Open Day on Friday the 15th September from 11am until 3pm at Apex Living Centre Unit 15, Springtown Industrial Est, BT48 0LY.

And as James explained the need for help has never been more pressing: "We have experienced very busy summer including supporting people whose homes were flooded a number of weeks ago. In the past month we have supplied over 1,700 meals to people in need but this can only be done through the generosity of people in donating their time and food. Our volunteers sit with visitors to the Foodbank, they have a chat, a cup of tea, we basically try and hear their problems and issues, aside from the actual work at the bank with stock and deliveries, there is much more to what we do. No one wants to use a foodbank so we want to make it as positive an experience as possible and offer as much help and support as we can. New volunteers will be joining a real community at the Foodbank, one that includes people who have used Foodbanks in the past and locals who have given up their time to help.” James said that the generosity of people and their determination to help is incredible.

If you can’t make it along to the open day but are interested in volunteering please contact the Foodbank on 07716 129788 for more information. The Foyle Foodbank is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.00am-3.00pm.