This month, GARSTONnews spoke to Meriden Food Bank – Food for All charity – to hear about the great work they are doing which sets them apart from other charities.
Annalisa Buraglio is a volunteer at the food bank, which places an emphasis on providing fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than tinned food as is common in other food banks.
She said: “We encourage people to learn to cook using fresh ingredients.”
The majority of the charity’s food is vegan and the bank runs cooking lessons every Friday to help residents prepare meals for the weekend.
The food bank operates every Friday from 10am to 11am, but residents often queue up from 9.30am. The bank tries its best to accommodate residents’ schedules, so collections and deliveries can be arranged. The bank is entirely run by volunteers.
Annalisa said: “Some of our volunteers give up a working day to help at the food bank while some companies sacrifice time to help.
“Stanmore Church also supports the bank. That said, the bank welcomes people of all religions and ethnicities – we’re very multicultural.”