Councillors agree funding to help foodbanks survive in Stafford

Foodbanks in Stafford Borough are being handed a lifeline after senior councillors agreed to an £11,000 grant.

The councillors heard that foodbanks in the borough were struggling to meet demand and the extra cash would keep them going into next year – when they hope alternative funding sources will be found.

In 2022 Stafford Community Food Distribution Hub Community Interest Company was set up backed by the borough council. The hub takes weekly food deliveries from ‘Fareshare’ and distributes it to six local food banks.

FareShare is the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity with the aim of fighting hunger and tackling food waste. It redistributes surplus food from across the food industry to charities and community groups. But without the additional £11,190 the hub would not be able to continue their partnership with Fareshare.

The hub has provided a total 25 tonnes of additional food – which is around 60,000 meals – in the last couple of years. The latest tranche of funding has come from a pot which was set aside to help communities support vulnerable residents.