Advent gifts for Cromer Foodbank
2017: Staff at Victory Housing Trust have been donating food and seasonal gifts to Cromer and District Foodbank, at a time when the Foodbank itself is expanding the service it offers.
Staff at Victory Housing Trust, North Norfolk’s largest social landlord, have each been donating 24 items of food, drink and festive treats to the Foodbank’s ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ – which has seen several boxes of goodies delivered to the Cromer and District Foodbank for distribution to those facing a less than merry Christmas.
Collection organiser Kari Ashling, a tenancy management officer at the Trust, delivered the boxes to the Foodbank in time for the items, (which also include necessities such as toothbrushes, shampoo and nappies) to be included in the charity’s seasonal distribution.
Last month Cromer Foodbank, which has distributed over 30 tonnes of food to people in crisis across north Norfolk over the past year, was the recipient of a £5,000 grant from the Victory Housing Community Fund to help support the cost of its two part-time project managers. Between 2016 and 2017, they fed nearly 3,000 people, of which 1,035 were children.
At a time when the Foodbank is seeing an ever-increasing demand for its services, it is still managing to expand the range of help it can offer clients in need. They now not only provide week-long care packages for individuals and families, but also offer financial help to people struggling to pay their heating bills. The support, offered after review with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, was piloted last year but launched fully in December.
The Foodbank intends to run the scheme through the winter, until the weather warms up in the Spring. Co project manager Tim Morton said that although the scheme was largely funded by grants, ever since he gave a talk at Cromer Parish Church they’ve had a steady stream of cash donations from individuals.
Cromer Foodbank is also gearing up for a potential increase in demand when Universal Credit reaches North Norfolk next October, although it is hoped that issues with delays in paying the credit will have been ironed out by then.
For more information, visit the Foodbank’s website. https://cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/
Pictured above: Kari Ashling of Victory Housing Trust presents the Christmas goodies to Cromer and district Foodbank joint project managers Tim Morton and Miranda Hall. Photo by Andy Newman of Victory housing trust.
This story is based on articles which have appeared in the North Norfolk News and NNN website.
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