The COVID-19 crisis has forced major changes on everyone.

But for the team behind the Windsor Food Share programme it has been particularly challenging.

The usual 'hub' at Dedworth Baptist Church where people in need could collect food has had to close.

Instead co-ordinator Sarah Howard has had to organise teams of volunteers to deliver food to peoples' homes across Windsor and out to the villages of Old Windsor, Datchet and Horton.

She said: "We are in our second week of doing this and our new delivery drivers are rising to the challenge.

"We have had a generous response from donors and Tesco in Dedworth has been enormously helpful."

Volunteers are also plentiful. But what is needed is a way of getting food in bulk - something that obviously can not be done in the normal way at the moment, when supermarkets are facing unprecedented demand on their stock.

Sarah said: "I'm hoping supermarkets or other organisations might be able to help by sending us lorryloads of food. We can pay for it thanks to our generous donors.

"We are in discussions with our local Tesco to see if we can bulk purchase those items where we have a particular shortage."

Ordinary donations from members of the public or companies still remain important of course.

Meanwhile Sarah, a self employed curtain maker with two teenagers, is finding that running Windsor Food Share has become a fulltime job in itself.

It was helping 50 families per week when the distribution point at the Baptist Church was open - distributing up to 800 food items every week.

Sarah anticipates that this number will rise significantly over the coming weeks.

She said "We are also looking how we can support the Windsor Homeless Project as they are providing meals to over 30 rough sleepers who have recently been placed in temporary accommodation by the Royal Borough."

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