Derby couple set up food bank for families struggling during lockdown

A Derby couple have set up a pop-up food bank outside their house to help those who are struggling during lockdown.

Craig and Lisa Wheatley, founders of Doorways Derby, created the pop-up street kitchen which feeds the homeless and vulnerable in Derby.

The pair, who were both born in Derby, decided to set up the food bank outside their house on Osmaston Park Road in July as an alternative to their usual support network.

They set up Doorways Derby five years ago after seeing the struggles the homeless and vulnerable went through in Derby.

The pop-up food bank runs on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and usually has more than 60 people using the service.

Craig Wheatley, 46, said: “Due to the street kitchen we get regular donations from supermarkets, cafés, members of the public and businesses.

Regular donations help to keep the food bank running (Image: Craig Wheatley)

“Even during the lockdown, we were still getting the donations and decided to offer a service where it was safe to do so and allow somewhere where people can get the necessary requirements to feed themselves and their families.

“In regards to the donations we get a lot of fresh produce including fruit and veg, cafes and supermarkets donate sandwiches and baked goods which have a short sell-by date as well as your usual non-perishable items.

“During lockdown, we have delivered more than 850 food parcels and we feel the longer the lockdown goes on the number of people who need help will increase and the demand for food parcels and food banks will increase.

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“People are really struggling due to the lockdown and the impact it has had on the economy, people have lost their jobs or are on furlough and it can be quite difficult for a lot of people.

“We get health visitors coming down and collecting items for their respected nursing homes as well as families and single people.

“Members of the public have been very supportive, we receive a lot of donations through our Facebook group and it’s nice to see everyone coming together to support one another.”

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News