‘Foodbanks show community spirit’ - council chairman hands over 190kg donation

Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox helps the volunteers working hard to help at the Norwich Foodbank at Henderson Business Park.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox helps the volunteers working hard to help at the Norwich Foodbank at Henderson Business Park. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:28 PM

Norfolk’s foodbanks show the best in human nature, said the chairman of Norfolk County Council on a visit to the Norwich branch’s warehouse.

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Cllr Hilary Cox encouraged staff and fellow councillors to donate to a foodbank collection held at County Hall in November, resulting in a 191kg donation to the Norwich branch – enough to feed 25 people for three days.

She had found out about foodbanks through the Methodist church she attends in Cromer, where one was set up by Rev Sharon Willimott, who had helped with the Norwich distribution centre in Mile Cross.

Mrs Cox said: “I believe in foodbanks and I know that there’s a great need for them.

“Our staff and members were only too happy to bring something in to help people who need it.

“It’s far quicker for people to get down than it is for them to get up. But it’s not just about the food: it’s about the next step too, and pointing people in the direction of other help.”

She also praised the volunteers who give their time to sort, pack and distribute food.

“They are not here to judge or pass opinion, but to encourage people to move on and make that next step,” she said.

“We have lost that community spirit but human nature is basically to look out for each other.

“As soon as the safety net starts to show holes then people come forward and start to help - that’s what it’s all about.”

6 comments

  • Just as well people of today did,nt have to live through the war years!

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • We don`t need community spirit we need to reverse immigration. Then everyone would have a job and a home and no need for foodbanks.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Let's turf out all the dentists, nurses and dr's hey John!? As they were not born here, right!? And what of all the 'immigrants' who are now UK citizens. How would you deal with them!? Or those who are married to UK citizens!? Typical non- thought through racist rubbish.

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    DT

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • John is right. And we can't go far enough. We need to get the Normans back to France (taking Norwich Castle with them), and anyone of Anglo-Saxon descent back to Germany. In fact if we could just turn the clock back by about 20,000 years or so there would be no need for foodbanks and the economy would in perfect balance across a totally uninhabited Britain.

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    Capac Raimi

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • John immigration does not even scrape the surface as to why there needs to be Foodbanks in the UK. You have DWP cullture when staff are given targets to sanction people on benefits with various reasons for doing so, and if those targets are not met staff in the DWP face being sacked. You also have people working, but due to increased rents, bills many working families cannot afford food. You also need to realise that while companies large or small decide to take on apprentices or people on workfare placements, they are adding to the problem. You simply cannot have people doing a full time job for their benefits, when their outgoings in bills are the same as a working person for example, as this leads to those needing to use a Foodbank.

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    che bramley

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Why not just go to a decent restaurant? there are any number in the region.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, December 13, 2013

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