Foodbank is supporting more people than ever and the Swindon community has rallied round to make sure that donations keep up with demand.
"You would imagine in tighter times, people would be a little less generous but we've found the opposite," said volunteer, Russell Riggs.
"Even though we’re helping more people, there has been a significant increase in donations at supermarket collections, harvest festivals and from churches."
The charity helps people who are finding it difficult to put food on the table, providing basic food supplies to bridge the gap until benefits are available. Before the credit crunch Foodbank would typically give supplies to around 40 people a week. By December, that figure had risen to an average of 77 per week.
Working with people in crisis, the charity acts as a barometer for the economic climate. Last summer, for the first time, members of the building trades began to ask for help as work dried up.
Since Christmas, they have been joined by people affected by the closure of Honda and Woolworths. "It could happen to you or your neighbour," said Russell. "We help the ordinary person in the street who has reached a crisis."
He is confident that, no matter how bad things get, Foodbank will find a way to cope. "In the three and half years since we began, people have always come through for us. The pressure will be on though."
There will be collections at Sainsbury's Stratton on 23 May and Bridgemead on 20 June.
Food donations can be taken to Rainbow Bookshop on Edgeware Road or call 07932 108732
To cover the £40,000 running costs, Foodbank is recruiting 1,000 supporters able to donate £4 a week and would like to attract corporate sponsorship.