Kristin, aged 54, was not so long ago a volunteer herself who with her late husband and others, helped serve elderly people a Christmas dinner organised by the URC.
She told the Tavistock Times Gazette: ‘Being American I did not know a lot of people in the town to help me. I had no financial means, no food, no heating, I was desperate.
‘I had to swallow a lot of pride just to ask for help as I felt I was losing my dignity but I can’t praise the Tavistock Area Foodbank volunteers enough. They made me so welcome.
‘It wasn’t just the food that I badly needed, they gave me more than that, they gave me emotional support, even a hug, and treated me like a human being. I can’t thank them enough and I know I have found here some friends for life.’Read real stories of lives changed by the foodbank.