Methodists and Morrisons support Cromer Foodbank
2012 : The new Cromer and District Foodbank has received a boost after local Methodists offered a storage facility, and the local Morrisons supermarket gave permission for an in-store collection.
Cromer and District Foodbank was launched unofficially by local churches at a meeting last month, and within days Cromer Methodist Church offered use of one of its halls to store and package the food.
The foodbank organisers have also been told by Morrisons in Cromer that they can do their first collection on Friday August 10 - with volunteers asking shoppers to put one extra item in their baskets to donate to the charity.
The Cromer and District Foodbank team is drawn from various Christian church denominations in the town, but the group is keen to work with people of all faiths or none as the work expands.
The organisation, now affiliated to the Salisbury-based Trussell Trust, will be officially launched at a praise event at the Methodist church hall on Hall Road on August 9.
Foodbank chairman Tina Nicholas (pictured) said that more than 60 people had volunteered to help the scheme, which will see three days of nutritionally-balanced food handed to people with no financial safety net, but who had been hit by a sudden crisis such as bereavement, benefit delay, redundancy or illness.
She said: “I shouldn’t be surprised, but we have all been taken aback at the support we’ve received, The response has blown us away.”
Foodbank volunteers collect donations of non-perishable items, such as pasta, tins and cereals, and package them into boxes. Boxes are then handed to people who have been referred to the scheme by care professionals, such as health visitors, social services or Citizens Advice Bureaux. Volunteers will also offer companionship, moral support, advice and prayer to those in need during distribution sessions.
The team now urgently needs a part-time, voluntary warehouse co-ordinator.
For more details, or if you can help in any other way, call Mrs Nicholas on 01263 514036 or