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Fiona – delivering and restocking food donations

Fiona is a volunteer at the Worthing Food Foundation (WWF) where she volunteers twice a week. She spends one day delivering food and the other day restocking food donations.

Since March 2020, when the WFF was set up, they have delivered food to over 1,000 local residents. WFF recognise some people may have concerns associated with visiting food banks and seeks to support people who are concerned. To help reduce any concerns of stigma WFF deliver donations directly to residents who are in need.

“When the WFF started up, I began donating food items – keenly aware that many in the community were facing financial hardship because of Covid-19. Then when I was furloughed in May, I decided to use some of my free time to support the Foundation’s work more actively and signed up to work as a volunteer.

“My food packing shift begins at 9am where, after a temperature check and with my mask on, I spend the morning in the storeroom with two or three other volunteers. We work from food donation sheets which are based on the referrals and requests received that week. Each recipient receives a basic pack of food to last up to a week. The pack includes a mix of fresh and tinned produce such as soup, pasta, rice, vegetables, long life milk, fruit juice, bread, cereal, tea and coffee. On request we can provide items such as toiletries, baby supplies, dog and cat food, as well as meeting any specific dietary needs. The bagged-up donations are then sorted by postcode, ready for the delivery team.

“My second shift – as part of the delivery team – requires me to deliver the donation packs to households around Worthing. I have got to know Worthing far better as a delivery driver and have met some lovely people who we are helping on a weekly basis.”

As well as meeting some wonderful residents Fiona has enjoyed getting to know the other WFF volunteers.

“They are a great mix of people of all ages and stages from Worthing. It’s a pleasure to work with them and get to know them. There is a real sense of community and pride in what we do, and it really feels like we are making a difference.”

Fiona is hoping to continue volunteering when she goes back to work.

“I have loved volunteering for the WFF. It’s incredibly positive to see how generous and giving the local community is. We have had wonderful support from residents, the supermarkets, local businesses and other volunteering organisations. It’s amazing what can be achieved if we all pull together!”

“It's incredibly positive to see how generous and giving the local community is. We have had wonderful support from residents, the supermarkets, local businesses and other volunteering organisations. It's amazing what can be achieved if we all pull together!”

“It's incredibly positive to see how generous and giving the local community is. We have had wonderful support from residents, the supermarkets, local businesses and other volunteering organisations. It's amazing what can be achieved if we all pull together!”

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