Keeping the Food Hub on the road!
We would like to give a big shout out to all the fantastic volunteer van drivers who stepped in to fill the gap over lock down when our volunteer driver numbers dropped by more than 60%.
Before COVID- 19 we had more than 115 volunteers, with 75 volunteer drivers. Every morning 5 -6 drivers would go out to collect leftover food from 20 supermarkets. With a big proportion of our regular drivers being unable to safely volunteer, we switched to a van-led operation to reduce the number of drivers needed each day. Organisations from across our community stepped up and allowed us to keep operating.
We shut for just one week and have expanded our operation from 5 days a week to 7 days week of collections. This would not have been possible without the incredible community network around us.
Thank you to the drivers and vans from West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury School, Crossbar Coaching- Education in Sport, Shropshire Council, John Dalton Interiors, Keim Paints and Dial-a-Ride. They all threw themselves in at the deep end and proved to be super food rescuers!
As these volunteers went back to work, Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 donated us a van so we could keep going. Meanwhile, Pippa our co-ordinator has been key to keeping the show on the road, wrestling with spreadsheets and training people on Zoom, as we adapt endlessly to the changing rules around the pandemic.
We never cease to be amazed by the incredible community in Shrewsbury who are so willing to band together, support each other and share resources, especially in times of crisis.
From all of us at the Food Hub, thank you!