“Excellent” work of town’s food bank praised by DDC chairman after visit

Daventry Food Bank
Daventry Food Bank

Food bank volunteers were thanked for their ongoing work to help families and individuals in need during a visit by the chairman of Daventry District Council (DDC).

The visit to the group’s base in High March, Daventry, on January 8 also gave Councillor Catherine Lomax a chance to learn more about how the food bank operates.

Run by the Vineyard Community Church, Daventry Food Bank provides emergency food supplies to people in need who are referred to it through a range of agencies.

On January 10, the food bank revealed the number of referrals in the final part of 2013 had doubled, with 60 a month compared to 30 a month a year earlier.

The foodbank also said it had received three emergency calls during the festive period. One was from someone whose Employment and Support Allowance had been axed after he missed a meeting he said he was never informed about. Another had their wallet stolen with all their cash. The third was referred by a social worker.

Before Christmas the food bank delivered 77 festive hampers to people in need put together by Daventry and District Over Fifties Forum (DOF) and other organisations including Daventry District Council, Daventry & District Housing, Danetre Rotary Club and Cummins.

Cllr Lomax said: “I was pleased to visit Daventry Food Bank to find out more about the excellent work they do – and all on a voluntary basis – to help the less fortunate in our community.”

The visit followed recent engagements opening new play equipment at Hollowell, and visiting schools in Kilsby and Crick to present pupils with awards for helping to design the Chairman’s Calendar for 2015.

Her upcoming engagements include attending a Memorial Service for Lady Juliet Townsend, former Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire today (Thursday) and Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorations in Kettering on January 25. Councillor Lomax, who is fundraising for Alzheimer’s UK during her year in office, said she is keen to meet people in communities across Daventry District.

Groups wishing to invite the chairman to their event can call her secretary on 01327 871100.