Foodbank could receive share of £100,000

A RECENTLY-relaunched foodbank could be in line for a share of a £100,000 community fund.

Hope Church in Rotherham has been announced as a finalist in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition, and is now in with the chance of winning a share of a £100,000 fund.

Supporters are now being encouraged to vote for the project online at www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk.

Luke Jenkinson of Jenkinson Builders, a representative of Hope Church, said: “To have been nominated and shortlisted is a great achievement, but it’s important people get behind the project and vote so that we can secure the funds to do vital work in the community.”

Meanwhile, church officials have moved to reassure hungry families in Maltby that the closure of a foodbank will not leave them without a vital lifeline.

The foodbank run by Food Aware in the former pit town closed last month, although talks are taking place about reopening it.

Rev Deacon Geoffrey Spark, meanwhile, pointed out that a foodbank service was provided at St Mary Magdalene RC Church on Morrell Street every Friday, while plans are afoot for a new branch of the Rotherham Foodbank operation to open in the town later in the month.