According to Voluntary Action Sheffield, food banks across the city have seen a huge increase in demand for support as a result of the pandemic. In just one week in April, food banks provided food for 3,152 Sheffield residents, and the need is only increasing.
The Trussell Trust predicts a 61% increase in demand for food parcels for people in crisis across the country during October to December 2020, when compared to the same period last year.
What does this mean for Sheffield?
Jock Stevenson, of Gleadless Valley food bank, told us the demand for food has risen to “extreme levels”, and that this is happening across the city. He described how food banks in Sheffield are working with each other to make sure those people who need food are getting access to it.
The impact of the pandemic on our community is devastating, but the compassion and kindness of Sheffield’s residents is evident in the actions of the many volunteers and in the generous donations made at food bank collections.
How can we give or get help?
Gleadless Valley Foodbank gratefully accepts donations – at a safe distance – of food and essential supplies every weekday from 10am until 12pm. Collections can be made at the Methodist Church, Blackstock Road.
There is also a collection point at Heeley Parish Church, 151 Gleadless Road, S2 3AE. From 9am to 7pm every day.
For details on how to give or receive help please visit gleadlessvalley.foodbank.org.uk
For anyone living in areas other than Gleadless Valley please find your local food bank here: sheffieldfoodbank.org.uk/food-bank-list