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Foodbank expansion set to benefit families

From left to right: Dave Judge, David Stapleton, Dave Holgarth and John Anderton. They are all volunteers in the foodbank warehouse. NNL-140506-154224001

From left to right: Dave Judge, David Stapleton, Dave Holgarth and John Anderton. They are all volunteers in the foodbank warehouse. NNL-140506-154224001

A vital service that provides food to vulnerable families and individuals in Banbury is expanding into Grimsbury.

Since its inception in October 2011, Banbury Foodbank has helped prevent thousands of families from going hungry thanks to a food collection point at its base at the People’s Church in Horse Fair.

An additional drop-in service will now be opened at Grimsbury Methodist Church in West Street on July 16.

The base will be open every Wednesday from 10am to noon.

David Stapleton, Banbury Foodbank’s project manager, said: “Most of our food is needed in Grimsbury so putting it on their doorstep should make it easier for people to access our service.

“People from all walks of life and all parts of the community bring food to us. It makes our targets much more achievable when people are prepared to work together.”

Discussions are still ongoing to have an additional distribution centre at St Francis Church in Hardwick. If agreed, it could be in place by September. The number of people turning to Banbury Foodbank has increased significantly, with 900 people being given three days’ emergency food in the past six months.

Foodbank volunteers will be at Tesco in Lockheed Close from today (Thursday) to Saturday, as the retailer holds a major food collection.

Customers are invited to donate food in store.

Volunteers will sort donations into emergency parcels containing three days’ supply of nutritionally-balanced food which will be given to local men, women and children in crisis.

Mr Stapleton said: “This is one of our biggest collections of the year. The need for the foodbank continues to grow and most of the food will be used to help restock our warehouse so we are not short during the year.”

 

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