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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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.
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.”