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Foodbanks and the Pandemic

All three foodbanks in the High Peak have adapted services to meet changing community need during the pandemic.  

Numbers using foodbanks have increased hugely and presenting reasons have changed.  People awaiting furlough payments from struggling employers, self-employed people and families awaiting school meal vouchers are among those now needing emergency food aid. The three foodbanks are gearing up to cope with more demand as people start to lose jobs when the furlough scheme is withdrawn.

Generosity across the High Peak from individuals, businesses and organisations given as food and money has kept the foodbanks open and able to support those in need. Volunteers from other organisations like Buxton Street by Street and Chapel en le Frith Covid 19 Mutual Aid have been helping to distribute much needed food parcels.

To use a foodbank in the High Peak, people generally need a referral. These are available from any kind of support, health or social worker, Citizens Advice etc. One self-referral is allowed but after that recipients of food parcels usually must be working with a service that will help resolve the underlying cause of emergency food need.

The three foodbanks referral numbers are:

High Peak Foodbank  @Zink  (Buxton, Chapel, Hope Valley, Hartington, Bakewell): 07811 684299

Helping Hands Foodbank (New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale, Hayfield, Chinley and Buxworth): 07425 177999

Glossopdale Foodbank (Glossop, Hadfield, Gamesley, Tintwistle): refer to children’s centres in Glossop or Hadfield or The Pantry in Gamesley. 

As things are getting back to normal, foodbanks are ready to offer support to people so they no longer need emergency food. 

High Peak Foodbank is part of Zink. 

Advice @Zink will help people sort out problems related to benefits, housing, finance, furloughing etc; contact: julie@zink.org.uk.  

Employability @Zink can help people get work, training, education or go self-employed; contact: jane@zink.org.uk

Glossopdale foodbank’s Citizen’s Advice worker is on hand to help, contact: ghazala.darr@ddcab.org.uk   

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