Musician Tom Grennan is working with Bedford Kindness volunteers to deliver much-needed supplies to Bedford Foodbank.
The singer/songwriter has returned from London to his hometown of Bedford during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Tom, who had been helping out his elderly neighbours in London, said, “Being back in Bedford, I want to make sure I can help and support my local community in any way I can.
“I have volunteered to help Bedford Kindness and intend to make as much of a difference as I can while I am here.”
Since the lockdown was announced yesterday, volunteers from recognised groups have been given permission by the Council to continue their work, within strict guidelines.
The Borough Council’s Community Hub is also coordinating volunteers to support vulnerable people self-isolating.
Work restrictions put in place as part of the coronavirus outbreak have meant that many more people are relying on Foodbanks and they are urgently in need of many essential items.
“We’ve been completely overwhelmed by people’s generosity,” said Sarah Broughton, project manager at Bedford Foodbank.
“To keep our volunteers safe, anyone wanting to make a donation to the Foodbank is asked put supplies in the dedicated drop-off points at all the major supermarkets.
“Donations can also be made at the All Nations Church on Brickhill Drive and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who has been donating.”
The Bedford Foodbank website is regularly updated with details of products they are in need of.
The current list includes: UHT fruit juice, long-life sponge pudding, rice (250g), rice pudding, toothbrushes, toilet rolls, handwash and washing-up liquid.
If you are unable to donate food at this time and would rather donate money, you can make a donation here: https://bedford.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/