A project worthy of our support
Did you know that one in four children in Peterborough live in poverty? What a startling statistic! Sadly things are likely to get worse when the Universal Credit System comes into being in April.
When local Rotary clubs identify a worthwhile project they often work together and pool resources. Similarly when we learn of new initiatives taken by other agencies operating in the area we try to be on hand to offer help.
One such example recently was when members of Peterborough Ortons Rotary Club learnt that a new Foodbank was to go live in Peterborough at the end of October. They immediately threw themselves into it, quick to offer donations of food as well as undergoing training to be able to volunteer their help on a regular basis.
Sadly, many families are struggling to put food on the table. People on low incomes, a sudden crisis such as redundancy, benefit delay, unexpected bills, as well as the increasing costs of fuel and food, means that many are going hungry every day.
The Foodbank aims to provide three days of emergency food sufficient for the family unit. It operates on a voucher system, with clients being referred to one of four distribution centres.
Requests for help are directed through a number of professional agencies such as Social Services, Citizens Advice Bureau, Job Centre, etc. All food is obtained through organised supermarket collections or simply donated by a generous public.
A number of Orton Rotarians offer their help at the Westgate Distribution Centre, which is open every Saturday. In addition food items are collected every week at the club’s lunchtime meetings. Not content with that, members donated Christmas presents to be handed out to the children of Foodbank clients. They knew that if parents can barely afford food to put on the ta ble, the chances are presents would have been pretty scarce.
It was an absolute delight to be able to bring a little bit of extra happiness for these children – so much more rewarding than giving secret Santa surprises to each other!
Little Carlos ( pictured), aged 8, was thrilled with his ‘ Hot Wheels’, saying “Wow– just what I wanted – I saw it on TV.” Doesn’t that just make it all worthwhile?
For details of how you can help visit www. peterborough. foodbank. org. uk – you could help restore dignity and revive hope for a family at a time of great need.
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