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Foodbank centre opens in Sheringham church

Cromer foodbank in Sheringham 2012 : A new distribution centre opens this afternoon (November 28) at St Joseph’s church hall in Sheringham for the rapidly growing Cromer Foodbank. Tony Rothe reports.

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.
The foodbank organisers are in touch with around 20 agencies, such as Social Services, who refer those in need to them, and give them a food-box voucher. The standard food-boxes are designed to provide up to three day’s essential food and some toiletries for either a single person, a couple, or a family.  Those without the facility to heat or cook food, such as the homeless, are given self-heating packs of food or coffee, which can be ready in minutes.
“The foodbank is not just a logistics exercise” explained the secretary, Malcolm Nicholas, “We will also sit down with those who come to us in an attempt to discover their underlying needs, so that we can put them in touch with the relevant agencies to give them whatever longer term help they need, for example debt management. We aim to help restore people’s dignity and self-respect, not just give them food.”  
The Sheringham centre is based in St Joseph’s Catholic church hall on Cromer Road. It is open from 1.30pm to 3pm every Wednesday, and those who call in will be offered the chance to sit down in the warm with a cup of coffee, as well as collect their food-box.
Another distribution centre will open in North Walsham at the beginning of December, and others are planned for Aylsham (soon) and Holt. Foodbank volunteers will deliver emergency food supplies to the homes of rural clients with transport difficulties.
Cromer foodbank stew 390 ARThe picture above shows members of the foodbank team, with Father Dennis from St Joseph's, sorting through the food supplies in the Sheringham Centre, prior to today’s opening.
Pictured (right), Trust members Malcolm, Tina and Kevin sample the self-heating lamb stew.

The Foodbank is Registered Charity Number 1149156.

Contact details: 

Foodbank Office: 20 Marrams Avenue, Cromer NR27 9BB    Tel: 01263 514036,
e-mail  info@cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

For more details of the Trussell Trust, see www.trusselltrust.org

Cromer foodbank logo 385 AR


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