Demand so great drop-in overwhelmed by demand

Volunteers at official opening of the Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.
Volunteers at official opening of the Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

Todmorden’s food drop-in centre needs more volunteers, food and donations if it is to continue to meet demand.

Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Jayne Booth, said since opening its doors to guests on June 1 it had run very successfully but would struggle to meet demand without more of each of those three things.

“On June 1 we awaited eagerly for our guests to arrive. I think we were all filled with anticipation and enthusiasm. The day had been a success, our processes worked and we seemed to have a co-ordinated approach to working with the few guests that arrived. We felt optimistic about the future.

“Four weeks down the line and we are now overwhelmed with the volume of guests we are receiving and this is summer. Ironically, we are getting 20-plus new guests each week with different people dropping in for emergency food. Our guests change from week to week.

“We have only opened our doors to guests four times and have supported over 150 people.

“If we continue in this manner sustainability will become an ever increasing issue for us,” she said.

The Mayor said the drop-in at St Mary’s Church still needed volunteers, food and donations.

“We are holding a collection on Saturday on the Market for both food and donations of money. I urge people to support us to support our guests. Our bank account details are Yorkshire Bank Sort Code 05-09-59 account nos 39388464 - or please drop cheques at St Mary’s Church made payable to Todmorden Food Drop in. If anyone wants further information pop along to the drop in on Saturday morning between 9.30am and noon,” she said.