‘This service is vital, so many rely on it’
JOSHUA Moss had not eaten for three days when he was given two bags of shopping at Swindon Foodbank.
The 20-year-old said he was very hungry and was really looking forward to a good meal that night after he attended a distribution centre to collect the emergency food.
Joshua has been living between hostels and tents in Swindon for the last year, during which time he has been to the foodbank four times.
He said the charity was a lifeline for him and without it he would be in hospital.
In his two bags of shopping he received a selection of goods including canned beans, fresh fruit, vegetables and much more. Joshua said this would feed him for about two weeks.
“Everyone is really helpful,” said the man who lived in Walcot before he spent a period in prison.
“When you are here you don’t just come for the food, you come for a chat as well.
“You can get help and get to talk to people. Everyone is friendly – they don’t judge you.
“When you come in here no one has any idea who you are or where you have come from. They treat everyone the same.
“I don’t think I would have been able to get help without them.”
Before he found out about this service Joshua had been in hospital with gastric dilatation volvulus, or a twisted stomach, which can be brought on by a poor diet.
“It’s important people support services like this; there are so many people who rely on it,” said Josh.
“They don’t mind how long you stay. If this place was open 24 hours a day I’d be here.”
Swindon Foodbank has been opened for eight years and is currently being used by more people than ever before.
The organisation relies entirely on donations. Items that appear on the charity’s shopping list include long life milk, fruit juice, cereal, sugar and lots more. Food given by donors is passed on to clients and users at a distribution centre.
On October 5 the foodbank is hosting its first Hoe Down, where residents can enjoy live music, a hog roast and lots more.
For more information visit www.swindonfoodbank.co.uk.
- Tomorrow: A volunteer at the Foodbank distribution centre tells of the operation to keep it going.
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