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Volunteers flock to help Ascot Foodbank

Published: 22 Feb 2014 09:300 comments

THE managers of the newly-opened Ascot Foodbank have said the response to their plea for more volunteers to help run the facility has been “absolutely brilliant”.

Geoff and Pat Hallett, and Emma and Dave Rogers, volunteers from the foodbank, outside Ascot Life Church.

Geoff and Pat Hallett, and Emma and Dave Rogers, volunteers from the foodbank, outside Ascot Life Church.

Husband and wife Pat and Geoff Hallett opened the Ascot branch last Tuesday after the Bracknell Foodbank became inundated with families travelling from Ascot.

Mrs Hallett said they had received several offers from people willing to be volunteers at the new centre, after seeing an appeal for help in the News two weeks ago.

The new foodbank, which opened last Tuesday, is based at Ascot Life Church in New Road, formerly Ascot Baptist Church, and operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-2pm.

Mrs Hallett said: “In terms of people using the foodbank, it has been quite slow to start with but we expected that. Now people are starting to hear about us so I’m sure demand will increase.

“The response has been absolutely fantastic since we asked for more volunteers in the Ascot News.

“We have had so many people coming forward offering to get food for us or just become volunteers helping out at the foodbank.

“We have to say thank you to the Ascot News for publishing stories like this because it really helps us out.

“We are very grateful for the support from the paper and local community.

“Every time the News puts an article out it increases awareness about this situation and the fact that more and more people are needing to use our service.

“However, we’re always in need of more volunteers.”

Demand from the public for free food parcels was steady during its first week of operation but Mrs Hallett believes this will increase in Ascot with higher food prices and the recent flooding in surrounding areas.

“People have a heart for the foodbank and realise that costs are always increasing and the floods are creating an even bigger problem so I’m sure our Ascot service will be used more and more,” she added.

“So many people have been willing to help us which is fantastic. If people keep supporting us we’ll keep giving.”

To get free food parcels, you need to get vouchers first and not just turn up to the foodbank. These are given out by social services.

The Halletts have said they are willing to help out flood victims too if they get in touch.

For details on donating food, or becoming a volunteer in Ascot, call Bracknell Foodbank on 01344 862699.

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