Volunteers at Maidenhead Foodshare are hoping to make it a ‘more positive experience’ for users after relocating to a bigger site just down the road.
It was announced in April that the foodbank in King Street would be moving to a bigger rent free site, provided by Housing Solutions.
The new site in the New Market in King Street, opposite The Rose, is four times the size and volunteers spent two days relocating the store.
Sue Brett, who runs Maidenhead Foodshare, said: “The move went amazingly, the new site is four times the size of our old site, which means we can expand and do more fresh food, and give people more options.
“It’s better to give out fresh food than non-perishable items which are good in an emergency.
“We will still be using the old site to open a kindness shop which will stock school uniforms, sleeping bags and shoes.
“We’re hoping it will also be able to stock ovens and washing machines.”
Foodshare offers fresh, dry, and tinned foods, and provides vouchers for fresh produce and vegetables. In February, it had to make an appeal for emergency supplies after seeing a 40 per cent increase in use since Christmas. The move was organised by volunteers Katie Hierons, Debbie Gee and Lester Tahner.
Katie said: “With the new site we will be able to make it a more positive experience for recipients and the wider community.
“Lots of people think the foodbank is just for the homeless but it’s not, it is for families in need, and they are referred to us. It could happen to anyone, people are only a few steps away from it, a missed mortgage payment or an illness.
“We want to make it more positive rather than just queuing on King Street and now we’ll have more space.
“It’s great to spread the word about our new site and we had lots of passers by ask us what we were doing when we were moving which was great.”
Maidenhead Foodshare will be open on Saturday at its new site. Visit www.openkitchen.org.uk for more information.
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