Great Yarmouth Foodbank needs help
The Great Yarmouth foodbanks have been busy in May, and are expecting a busy summer. They are appealing for more donations from the public.
The food bank at the Salvation Army in particular has been busy recently, and they are expecting an increased demand during the summer as Great Yarmouth council, along with a handful of other councils in the country, has been selected to carry out a trial which will overhaul the way that benefits are given. This could result in increased hardship, and greater demand for the foodbank’s services.
The foodbank’s aim is to provide short-term emergency food relief to people and families in crisis in the local area. They are seeking to collect food from the public at supermarkets, churches, local groups and schools, to be ‘banked’ in our centres.
Most people who come to Foodbanks for emergency food are not homeless. They are families who have hit hard times, people who have been made redundant, become ill or are experiencing benefit delay: they are the UK’s hidden hungry. Great Yarmouth is among the worst 10% of all areas nationally for levels of deprivation.
Recipients of help from the foodbank have said :
’I was desperate for help and the food parcel made a massive difference’
‘I had lost my job and I have 5 children to feed and no money till the benefits get sorted – this was a real helping hand.’
If anyone can help provide food for needy people like these it would be very much appreciated. You can drop off food items at:
Herbies, Salvation Army Citadel, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SQ
The car park at the front of Gorleston Baptist Church, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, NR31 6LY - on Mondays or Thursdays 9am – 2pm
The Bridge, St Mary Magdalene Church, Magdalen Square, Gorleston, NR31 7BZ - on Tuesdays 10.30am - 2pm
For more information, and a list of food items needed, visit : http://www.greatyarmouthfoodbank.co.uk/
Or phone :
Trish Slade – 07901898438 St Mary Magdalen Church Gorleston
Alan Smith – 01493 858069 Salvation Army Gt Yarmouth
This story first appeared on the Network Yarmouth website.
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