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Friday, 24 August 2012
THE newly formed Kingsbridge Area Foodbank is asking for donations to help in the run up to its official opening in September.
Foodbanks operate up and down the country providing emergency food items for local people in crisis.
A foodbank already operates successfully out of Dartmouth and a need for a similar project in Kingsbridge was established as local people travelled to Dartmouth to receive help.
The Kingsbridge Area Foodbank plans to start distributing boxes of food in September from the Age Concern building on Saturday mornings.
In order for this to happen the group need to start collecting donated items now.
Those wishing to help the project can donate non-perishable foods such as UHT/ powdered milk, sugar, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee, jam, porridge, instant mash, pot noodles, toilet rolls, baby food and tinned items such as baked beans.
Collection points will be operating in some local churches and, hopefully, in the town’s supermarkets. There will also be a collection point in the Age Concern building on week day mornings.
You might also be able to help by organising a food bin to help collect donated items or help with administration tasks.
Financial donations are also needed to help with running costs as well as volunteer distributors to help at the Age Concern building on Saturday mornings between 10am and noon.
Committee secretary Roger Tyler said individuals and families in need of help would be referred to the Foodbank and would be given vouchers to exchange.
Referrals will be made through organisations such as Homestart, Age Concern, Christians Against Poverty and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Mr Tyler said: ‘We are getting really good vibes from local organisations and churches.
‘It was an issue that was highlighted in the national and local press and something I decided to follow up. We now have a committee and supporters and the Dartmouth Foodbank have been very supportive in offering advice and guidance.
‘The Foodbank is not meant to be a long term solution but comes into its own when things happen to people through no fault of their own.
‘This might include sudden unemployment, delayed benefits or ill health and sometimes people need a bit of support. It’s all tied up with hard times.
‘The greatest thing would be for it not to be needed, but we want to ensure that it is there for as long as people do need it.’
For more information contact Mr Tyler on 01548 853287.
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