A PENISTONE-based foodbank has fed more than 1,000 people since it launched in October.

Penistone Food Buddies, which operates from St John’s Church, on Shrewsbury Road, serve local residents every Friday handing out a variety of food parcels to those living in the Penistone East and West wards.

Since launching in October, Julie Rhodes and Mark Attard, organisers of the foodbank, have fed 1,045 people.

“When Julie and I decided to form Penistone Food Buddies, we had no idea what the take-up would be,” Mark said.

“To even imagine feeding over 1,000 people in the space of four months is literally mind blowing, and the feedback we’ve received from those who use our service has also been amazing.

“Our volunteers have been a massive help and without them, Penistone Food Buddies would not be the success it is today the ones who cover our social media, admin, the picking and packing team, we really can’t thank them enough.”

Penistone Food Buddies is a non-referral organisation which operates weekly and distributes food parcels to those in need.

To quality for the service, you must be able to provide proof of residency along with photographic ID.

Julie and Mark are based at the church each Friday from 12noon until 3pm.