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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hundreds of people face going hungry this Christmas – and you can help.
Today, your Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News teams up with foodbanks across Norfolk, Waveney and Fenland to offer the simplest gift of all in helping those who cannot afford to feed themselves.
Last December, our foodbanks fed more than 1,000 people – including hundreds of children – and demand this year is expected to drive that figure far higher.
Through the EDP and Norwich Evening News Foodbank Appeal, launched today, we are asking our readers to donate food from the shopping listwhich will support the charity’s vital work to make sure no one has to go hungry, this Christmas or beyond.
Grant Habershon, project manager at Norwich Foodbank, the largest of our region’s nine foodbanks, said even a small donation – picking up an extra item in the weekly shop – had the power to make a difference to the thousands of adults and children in crisis.
Take your food donations to the places listed below or to our head offices in Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich.
You can make cash donations online at http://localgiving.com/charity/norwichfoodbank
For every donation up to £10, Local Giving will match it and claim Gift Aid (where applicable) – so your first £10 means £22.50 for people where you live. The money will be split between foodbanks according to demand.
Unit 14, Henderson Industrial Units, Ivy Road, Norwich
Methodist Church Hall, Corner of Holt Road & Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9DT
Gunton Baptist Church, Montgomery Avenue, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 4DZ.
Gorleston Baptist Church, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston NR31 6LY.
5 St Anns Fort, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QS
Wellspring Family Centre, 35 Neatherd Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2AE
Bishop’s School Arts Centre (Abbey Estate), Canterbury Way, Thetford IP24 1EB
0844 288 9618
DC3 Vinces Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HG.
0845 269 1078
Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1BA
“The basic principle is to help a neighbour in need,” he said.
“The people who come to us are those who have fallen through the safety net, for whatever reason that may be.
“Our emergency food boxes give them the urgent help they need while support agencies sort out their problems.”
All the people foodbanks help have been referred there by trained professionals – they cannot simply turn up to claim food.
Whatever the reasons behind their need, they are all proud people who do not want to ask for help but have nowhere else to turn.
“They are people who may have suffered a sudden bereavement, illness or redundancy, or whose benefits have been changed or delayed – but all of them are in crisis,” said Mr Habershon.
“Their immediate issue is that they have no food, and our food boxes solve that immediate need. We can then point them onwards to further help when they need it.”
Foodbanks work with partners including the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Probation Service and Norfolk County Council, and charities like Age UK or Leeway, who identify people in desperate need and refer them to the foodbank.
By taking away their most pressing concern – the need for food – the foodbanks free up care agencies to find solutions to each client’s problems.
You can play your part by buying an additional tin at the supermarket, or handing over the extra packet in a two-for-one offer.
All of it will go to helping people in need in your community.
Nigel Pickover, editor of the Eastern Daily Press, urged readers to play their part.
“Foodbanks are a sign of the strength of our communities in action: people working together to help those less fortunate than them,” he said.
“Many people and families, some of them our neighbours, are facing times when they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
“Your donation to our EDP Foodbank Appeal can be the difference between a family having food on the table on Christmas Day, or going hungry.”
Since it launched in November 2010, Norwich Foodbank has seen demand increase month by month, and become the largest in a network of foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust charity across Norfolk, Fenland and Waveney.
Last year it fed 4,467 people - and by the end of November this year had already fed 7,000.
Have you used a foodbank? How did it it help you? Call 01603 772423 or email email@example.com