However, they have to move out of Drayton Avenue by December and are now desperately looking for a location to act as a one-stop shop, somewhere they can both store food and give it out.

In his annual report, Mr Sladden’s message was clear.

“This really is a critical issue,” he said. “If we don’t have a warehouse the food bank could close.

“This would not only be a bitter disappointment to everyone who has been involved in getting the food bank to where it is today, it would be a disaster for those who need our help in their time of crisis.”

An initiative of the Trussell Trust, the food bank has distributed over 1,600 food parcels since it opened in January 2013 and currently helps to feed around 25 people each week.

A mammoth team of 70 volunteers help run the facility and many give hours of their valuable time to make sure the hungry in Stratford get fed.

“Things are desperate,” said Heather Bridgewater, distributions co-ordinator.

“We need somewhere fairly central for clients and somewhere that will take a warehouse in the back, a meet and greet room in the front, and has toilet facilities.”

There are permanent collection points for the food bank at Tesco in Birmingham Road and Waitrose on Shipston Road. Staff at Marks and Spencer Simply Food have chosen it as their charity of the year.

“I can’t tell you how generous the general public are,” said Ms Bridgewater.

“Companies, the churches, they all donate. People are just so generous. Sometimes we’re overwhelmed with people’s kindness.”

On top of that, the United Reformed Church and Holy Trinity Church have been letting them use their premises free of charge.

But the food bank is getting busier, and it’s reached capacity in its current format.

It’s hoped a new location will allow expansion, and volunteers want to provide clothes as well as food for those in need.

Anyone able to help should call 07884 418732 or e-mail info@stratforduponavon.foodbank.org.uk