Cromer foodbank launches delivery service
The Cromer and District Foodbank has launched a delivery service during the current pandemic, but are running short of some specific items. Tony Rothe reports.
The foodbank has had to make many changes to their procedures, to comply with government guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis. They have changed from a collection to a delivery service, with reduced numbers of volunteers. This situation will continue until further notice. They continue to support people through the voucher system. The majority of vouchers are now e-vouchers, although they will still accept the usual red voucher.
Anne Morton from Cromer foodbank says: “Food stocks are holding up well, thanks to both individuals and companies supporting us. However, we are at the stage of having to buy certain items that we need, using the money kindly donated by our supporters. We are working in conjunction with various community groups, so that the needs of all people in crisis are met at this time.”
“We are very thankful to all of our volunteers who are helping us during this time. We currently don’t have any positions going at the moment, but if anyone would like to register an interest in volunteering in the future, please feel free to get in contact via email.”
The Cromer & District foodbank was set up in 2012 to provide emergency, essential food items for people in crisis within North Norfolk. They operate from seven distribution centres within an area totalling 200 square miles – which includes coastal areas, several market towns and extensive rural areas – and with a population of approximately 70,000.
The foodbank is supported by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area, and have a close relationship with Citizen’s Advice. In addition to food, they provide a range of essential toiletries and household items. They also work closely with the Children’s Services and can provide nappies, wipes, formula milk and other essential items for babies and toddlers.
Project name: Cromer & District Foodbank
Who runs the project? The team is made up of Trustees, with Pete Wenham as the chair. Tim Morton is the project manager and we are thankful for our many volunteers who are invaluable.
Catchment area: Stalham, North Walsham, Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham, Holt are the distribution hubs, covering all surrounding areas.
Address: Cromer Methodist Church Hall, Corner of West St and Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9DT
Contact details: 07826 376343 or
Is there a list of items you particularly need at present?
Tinned food – specifically tomatoes, potatoes, rice pudding, fruit, vegetables
Pasta sauce, long life milk, sponge puddings, custard, jam, tea, fruit juice chocolate and instant snacks (just add hot water).
Non-food items – shampoo, deodorant, toilet rolls, children’s activity books.
What you can offer other projects?
We can consider supporting other projects with food, if needed. We already do work in conjunction with other food banks and other organisations, such as Salvation Army and housing associations.
Prayer requests: During this time, prayers would be so appreciated! We would love prayers for the safety of clients, of our volunteers and our project manager and our trustees. Also, prayers for the people who donate to us -without those people we wouldn’t have anything to give out and we are so grateful.
Website : http://cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/