Matlock food bank prepares for surge in demand as coronavirus impact hits

Matlock’s Jigsaw food bank is preparing for an anticipated surge in demand over the coming weeks as the impact of coronavirus sets in.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 12:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 8:16 am
The Jigsaw food bank in Matlock is expecting to see a huge rise in demand in the coming weeks.

Co-ordinator Ruth Longfellow said: “The number of people we support is going to continue to rise over the coming months as a result of job losses, illness and uncertainty and people finding it difficult to feed themselves and their families.”

Thanks to a new team of volunteers, the crisis food parcel scheme has now been expanded in order to establish three outpost hubs in Wirksworth, Matlock and Darley Dale.

Plans are now in place to also expand the capacity of the regular food parcel scheme for clients who are referred to Jigsaw by local support agencies to receive a weekly food parcel for up to 12 weeks.

Ruth said: “To meet this increased need, we continue to rely on the generous food donations we receive in the foodbank donation boxes located throughout the area so please continue to play your part by giving where you can.”

Jigsaw has been operating through Church in the Peak, Matlock, for more than a decade, and supports people living along the A6 corridor from Wirksworth to Bakewell, thanks to local businesses and individuals who give money, food donations and volunteer time. Donations of canned and dried goods can be left at collection points in Sainsbury’s in Matlock and branches of the Co-op.

Anyone who is in need of emergency food relief should first call Citizens Advice on 0300 4568390 or the Jobcentre on 01629 773023.