Royston Foodbank was set up at the start of last year, and opened their doors at the start of March – just before the pandemic started in the UK. The Foodbank is open for donations and collections every Wednesday and Saturday between 9-11am, based at the Royston Evangelical Church on York Way, Royston, SG8 5HJ.
In normal circumstances, customers would need a voucher to access the food bank. However, given the difficulties over the course of the pandemic, they’ve allowed people to use the food bank without a voucher – taking what people say about their circumstances on trust. Morrisons was the main collection point for donations until it closed its doors and as yet, there isnt a new collection point in town; however donations can be dropped off directly to the Evangelical Church on a Wednesday or Saturday morning.
The Foodbank have been giving out approximately one tonne of food every month – although as you’d expect, demand has risen over recent months. Before Christmas, the Foodbank received some very generous cash donations from local businesses/trusts and were able to use this cash to purchase supplies directly for a period of time. However, they are now collecting food donations in earnest again. The Foodbank are very grateful for donations of tinned and long-life food; for example: Tinned tomatoes, tinned soup, baked beans, pasta, rice, jam, long life milk, tuna, tinned meat, tinned fruit (not peaches please), tinned desserts, cereals, pasta sauces, squash, tea and coffee.