The foodbank, like other organisations, has had to adapt rapidly to the impact of coronavirus. It has been a constantly changing and evolving situation.
When the Coronavirus crisis hit, we were concerned about our ability to cope with an increased demand for support and at the same time there were shortages of food.
We had to close the drop in centre in Bishops Waltham to the public, implement safe working practices and find new ways of helping clients across the Meon Valley.
The response from local residents has been truly amazing. Collections in villages transformed our ability to deal with an increased demand for food. It started in Upham and Swanmore quickly followed by Waltham Chase. Now we have volunteers collecting and delivering in Bishops Waltham, Wickham and Knowle, Shedfield, Shirrell Heath, Whiteley and Hambledon.
Mike and Collette, pictured above with some of the donations collected in Wickham and Knowle, have been leading the Covid-19 response at Knowle and also coordinating foodbank collections and deliveries.
So, thank you to everyone who has given their time and energy to arrange food collections and of course to all those who have donated and continue to donate. Without you we could not continue to provide a vital lifeline to families throughout the Meon Valley.