How we’re continuing to respond during the Covid-19 crisis and more stories of encouragement
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that Slough Foodbank has had to significantly change the way that we operate. The speed and frequency of change has been incredible. Reinvention and adaptation have been absolutely critical. We’ve had to be brave and willing to experiment.
Significant changes to the way we run include:
- Operating from behind closed doors
- Social distancing at distribution centres and our warehouse
- Only accepting e-vouchers from referral agencies
- An increase of over 30 new referral agencies during this pandemic
- Purchasing urgent requirements when warehouse stocks ran low – donations of food and basic toiletries decreased due to restrictions on purchases from supermarkets
- Pre-packing food parcels in an additional warehouse (Thanks to landlords SEGRO) to speed up distribution to clients
- Home deliveries to those isolating and shielding.
The community – both individuals and local companies – has also rallied to support us through offers of help and donations of food, services and money. This newsletter highlights some of the stories of positivity that we have seen during what continues to be a crisis with far reaching impact on the health, financial hardship and food poverty in Slough.
Throughout this pandemic, Slough Foodbank has continued to focus on our prime objective which is to provide three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, emergency food to local people who are referred in crisis. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and everyone who has supported us. We are hugely thankful.