Mum praises Rugby Foodbank for helping her through tough times

Staff and volunteers at Rugby Foodbank
Staff and volunteers at Rugby Foodbank

A family in Rugby turned to the foodbank in hard times – and have said it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Angela Watkins was offered vouchers for free food from the Citizens Advice Bureu in Rugby while waiting for changes in benefits to apply.

The mother-of-two said: “I used the foodbank a couple of months ago.

“Me and my partner moved in together and were in the process of benefits changing. I’d got myself a job, but we were struggling.”

At first Angela didn’t want to accept the help.

She added: “CAB offered me some vouchers for the foodbank.

“At first i was embarrassed and didn’t want to go. I then realised I needed the help - especially as I have two children.”

Angela praised the volunteers who work at the charity.

“They are amazing people,” added Angela.

“The people who I dealt with were very kind and helpful.

“They were so good to us. We had enough food to last us until our money was sorted.”

The Trussell Trust runs more than 420 foodbanks in the UK - where people donate in-date, non-perishable food via churches, supermarkets and elsewhere.

People identified as being in crisis by professionals like doctors and the police are issued with vouchers which can then be redeemed for three days’ emergency food.

Angela said: “I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to say I’ve used them, in fact im thankful.

“Since my experience with them, whenever I do a food shop I always donate something back to them.”

Her mother, Debbie Bolton, who also lives in Rugby, said: “I was shocked at first and wish Angela had come to us for help.

“I’m OK about it now. It helped her in a rough patch with the two children and we can’t thank the foodbank enough.”