Free bus rides help Norwich Foodbank deliver service
Norwich Foodbank has teamed up with Bus operator First Eastern Counties to make sure that people are able to pick up their emergency three-day food parcels with a free bus ride.
People who need to use foodbanks sometimes walk long distances with heavy shopping bags as they can’t afford public transport.
To address the issue, First Bus has developed a partnership with foodbank national charity the Trussell Trust, which already operates in the Midlands and Essex.
Now First Eastern Counties has linked up with Norwich Foodbank to offer bus journey vouchers, which can be used by people needing help from the foodbank and the volunteers who work there.
The partnership means people issued with vouchers by care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, the citizens advice bureau or police can use the bus for free.
Steve Wickers, managing director for First Eastern Counties said: “It’s great to know that by providing the free journey vouchers, we are making a real difference to local people’s lives who may have fallen on hard times.
“We have rolled this initiative out in other parts of the country with great success and I hope the new partnership with Norwich Foodbank will be just as valuable.
“We play a key role in the local community by running a comprehensive network of bus services around Norwich every day.
“The team of volunteers at the foodbank provide a wonderful service for people who are in crisis and need some assistance with day to day basic requirements such as food.”
Pictured are foodbank volunteers and David Jordan from First, centre. Picture courtesy of EveningNews24