Joanne first came to the foodbank as a client and needed help for herself and her daughter who also had food allergies.
“The foodbank were great – so understanding. They talked to me about which food would be good for my daughter and I left with food I knew I could really use”.
Over time Joanne didn’t need the food parcels but would come and visit the café at the foodbank and got to know the team. When she could, Joanne even brought along pizza she had made to share with volunteers and foodbank users.
“When you’ve been on the receiving end it’s really great to be able to help out: I just wanted to give something back”.
Joanne’s daughter is expecting her first baby and through speaking to the advisor from Mind at the foodbank advice drop-in, Joanne was able to get her in touch with a supportive group to help her make friends with other expectant mothers in a similar situation.
Joanne now volunteers with us every week, helping with the packing of clients’ bags. She also cooks an amazing lunch for the volunteer team every week!
Joanne summed it up: “I just wanted to help out – it’s a great feeling. This place has been a lifeline to me”.