BOSSES at a Swadlincote food bank are breathing a sigh of relief as it was confirmed they WILL receive thousands of pounds of vital cash after its name was originally missed off a county council funding list.
The food bank, which operates from Grove Street, and is run jointly by the South Derbyshire Community Voluntary Service (CVS) and the YMCA centre, is to receive £8,000, which bosses say will make a massive difference.
There was confusion when the food bank was not included in a list of 17 across the county which would be handed a share of £113,000 of funding after it confirmed it had applied, but Derbyshire County Council said the omission was an ‘administrative error’ and the service would be receiving the money.
Jo Smith, chief executive of the CVS, said the cash injection would come as a timely boost as the service had begun to struggle to cope with the unprecedented levels of demand it has recently been experiencing.
She told the Mail: “It’s great news. We don’t receive any funding. All the donations come from churches, schools and individuals in South Derbyshire.
“Our annual report for the last financial year showed that we had seen a 64 per cent increase to the end of the last financial year, March 2013, and that must have increased by another 10 per cent since then.
“It is not just people who are homeless who we get coming in now like the first few years, people are sometimes working but they just can’t make ends meet.
“We get families with three, four, five children. who might have had a change in benefits or are waiting on benefits, so we are having to provide family-sized parcels.”
The service has already decided where it plans to spend the extra cash and is to be hoping to expand its reach, particularly to areas in the district that are more cut-off.
Mrs Smith said: “We have been having problems with storage so we will now be able to buy storage containers.
“We will also be putting the money towards improving the service over a wider area. We want to be able to serve people in rural areas and give them more access to the scheme.”