Methodist President visits Cromer foodbank
2012 : Less than two months after opening its first distribution centre, the Cromer & District Foodbank has been awarded a £5,000 grant from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund via the Norfolk Community Foundation. It has also received a visit from the Methodist President. Tony Rothe reports.
Rev. Dr Mark Wakelin, the President of the Methodist Conference, pictured right, accompanied by Rev. Graham Thompson, Chair of the Methodist District, pictured below, visited the Cromer & District Foodbank HQ on Friday 19 October to meet trustees and volunteers and see the foodbank in action.
The Foodbank’s warehouse and first distribution centre are in the hall of the Methodist church in Cromer, and a second distribution centre will open in St Joseph’s RC church hall in Sheringham on 28 November. The operation is expanding rapidly to meet the needs of people in crisis all over North Norfolk, and organisers are absolutely certain that the demand is going to increase as the service becomes more widely known. This new grant will be used to meet operational costs, pay for overheads and support volunteers.
Negotiations are under way with Aylsham
Churches Together to identify a suitable site in the town, while there has also been interest from the churches in Holt
, where negotiations are at an early stage. There are also plans to set up a distribution point in North Walsham
, and Foodbank volunteers will deliver emergency food supplies to the homes of rural clients with transport difficulties.
The Cromer and District foodbank
project was started in March 2012 to help people in crisis in North Norfolk by providing them with emergency food and support. It is one of the UK’s 250 foodbanks that operate in association with the Trussell Trust
, a Christian charity that set up its first foodbank in Salisbury in 2004. The Cromer and District Foodbank is supported by local Christian churches and offers unconditional support to people of all faiths or none.