Cromer Foodbank supplies 24 tonnes of aid
2015: Over the last 12 months, the Cromer and District Foodbank has distributed 24 tonnes of food, baby and household items to those in need, highlighting the needs that exist in North Norfolk. Tony Rothe reports.
The foodbank operates over an area of 200 square miles, with a population of approximately 70,000. It received 958 requests for food from 546 individuals, couples and families, but with many recipients needing help more than once, they issued food to feed 2,184 people for three days, with a value of nearly £18 per person, around one third of which were children.
But the generosity of local residents has given the foodbank a new challenge. The magnificent amount of food donated during this year’s Harvest Festival means the warehouse is now full to bursting. The shelves are full, the corridor is lined with piles of boxes, and the office is stacked high with food.
As ever, nothing that is in date or undamaged will be wasted, but organisers are now asking donors to give only items that are currently in short supply at any time. At present this includes : Instant coffee (refill packs are ideal), savoury snacks and crisps, and household extras such as washing powder and washing-up liquid. Donors are asked to visit the website or phone 07826 376343 to find out the current needs.
Whilst there is currently lots of food in the warehouse, the Foodbank does not have plenty of funds. They do need to raise sufficient to cover the costs of collecting, sorting and distributing food, carried out entirely by 120 volunteers, as well as other day-to-day expenses such as rent, insurances, subscription fees, travel expenses and office costs. Financial donations are always very welcome, and Gift Aid envelopes are available, which increase the value of taxpayers’ donations by 20 per cent.
Nationally, Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK gave 506,369 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis between April and September 2015, compared to 492,641 in the same period last year. Benefit delays and changes remain the biggest cause of foodbank use, accounting for 43 per cent of total referrals.
Cromer and District Foodbank is based at the Methodist Church Hall, at the corner of Holt Road & Hall Road, Cromer, NR27 9DT.
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