Over the past 12 months the Bare Necessities Food bank has provided almost 2,000 meals to people in need.
Originally set up as a service for residents in Hadfield and Gamesley, it soon became clear that the crisis in food poverty was Glossopdale-wide. A mum of four who wished to remain anonymous is among those to benefit.
She found herself with £60 a week child benefit to feed her family for six weeks while her application for tax credit was processed.
It was the school summer holidays so no school meals were available.
After a week of using up all her tinned food and emptying the contents of the freezer, she was both desperate and depressed.
But she was also proud and the idea of using the foodbank was not one she relished. She was relieved to find Bare Necessities didn’t judge her.
The 34-year-old said: “I didn’t try to borrow money. I used to sit there crying after the money stopped. It was horrible.
“When I got my first food bags I had washing powder, toiletries, tins, pasta and cereals. My sister helped with some meals.
“The packets and tins from the food bank meant the kids didn’t go hungry. Since then I’ve had my benefits back and I’m on a money matters scheme to help me manage it. I was also sent to Citizens Advice who helped me with my benefits. I don’t know what I’d have done without the foodbank, I just don’t know.”
Padfield and Hadfield councillor Ellie Wilcox is one of the Glossopdale councillors who together contributed £5,000 from their community funds to set up and sustain the foodbank.
She said: “Most people are shocked that in 21st Century Britain foodbanks have been one of the fastest growing organisations but when people are in need, we have to respond accordingly.
“People accessing the foodbank come from a variety of backgrounds and find themselves in crisis through no fault of their own.”
Coun Wilcox added: “The people of Glossopdale have been generous in helping sustain us through our first year.”
Bare Necessities chairwoman Pat Javanaud added: “The foodbank continues to attract increasing numbers of applicants, with over 70 requests for food parcels over Easter alone.”
“As demand continues to grow we will constantly need to adjust provision, but when we set up a year ago we knew we were in this for the long term.”