Stone Community Hub overwhelmed by food bank donations

Children from Oulton Abbey Nursery with Karen

Stone Community Hub has thanked people in the town after it received a huge amount of donations recently for the food bank it runs to support local families in need.

Over Harvest in October, four local schools, a nursery and several churches all donated much-needed food items to the Hub’s food bank.
These were Oulton Abbey Nursery, Pirehill First School, Manor Hill First School, Springfields First School, Christchurch Academy and St Dominics Catholic Primary School.

Pirehill present their haul

Karen Wardell and Jo Yendole from the Hub attended lots of school assemblies to tell children about the work of the Hub and how the food parcels are used. And in November, a Bonfire Night fundraiser at The Borehole, Lymestone Brewery’s pub in Stone, saw lots of items donated as well.

Manor Hill pupils

Thanks to the generosity of local people, over 200 food parcels have been handed out so far this year. And with Christmas approaching, the Hub has appealed for even more donations.

And finally but by no means least, pupils from Springfields

Karen Wardell, Stone Community Hub manager, said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people – community spirit is very much alive and well in Stone. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated non-perishable food items and toiletries – the donations help local families so much and enable us to continue providing this valuable service for our community.

“We’re always looking for more donations, though, so please do drop them off at our collection point in Morrison’s supermarket or bring them along to the Hub. And we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to help us to run the food bank. Stone Community Hub just wouldn’t exist without our wonderful volunteers, and anyone interested in joining us would be warmly welcomed. Please give us a call on 01785 812417.”

As well as the food bank, Stone Community Hub has an extensive programme of support accessible to everyone in the town. The Hub – at the recently renovated Frank Jordan Centre in Lichfield Street – is open four mornings every week. There is help available with CVs and job applications, cookery groups, craft sessions, IT support and much more – or people can simply pop in for a coffee and a friendly chat.

The Hub also runs a Youth Cafe every Tuesday evening.

There is more information at www.stonecommunityhub.org