Foodbank Appeal: Please make sure families don’t go hungry this Christmas

Volunteers working hard to help at the Norwich Foodbank at Henderson Business Park.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Volunteers working hard to help at the Norwich Foodbank at Henderson Business Park. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
8:58 AM

Hundreds of people face going hungry this Christmas – and you can help.

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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.

How you can help..

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.

Norwich Foodbank

Unit 14, Henderson Industrial Units, Ivy Road, Norwich

01603 251733

Cromer

Methodist Church Hall, Corner of Holt Road & Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9DT

info@cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

07826 376343

East Suffolk

Gunton Baptist Church, Montgomery Avenue, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 4DZ.

01502 537798

Great Yarmouth

Gorleston Baptist Church, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston NR31 6LY.

Liztownson400@yahoo.com

07786952306

King’s Lynn

5 St Anns Fort, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QS

info@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk

07582558143

Mid Norfolk

Wellspring Family Centre, 35 Neatherd Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2AE

info@midnorfolk.foodbank.org.uk

01362 850624

Thetford

Bishop’s School Arts Centre (Abbey Estate), Canterbury Way, Thetford IP24 1EB

info@thetford.foodbank.org.uk

0844 288 9618

Waveney

DC3 Vinces Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HG.

info@waveney.foodbank.org.uk

0845 269 1078

Wisbech

Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1BA

info@wisbech.foodbank.org.uk

07810087274

“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.

Click here to view the kind of items you can donate

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 mark.shields@archant.co.uk

12 comments

  • I expect that most of those people waiting for their food hand outs are sitting in front of their huge flat screen TVs chatting on their expensive mobiles and surfing the Internet, not sure there is any need for this kind of charity

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    blister

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • Shame that those who want to help others who need it, can't do without politicised comments from bigotted individuals. So much for the season of good will to others? Maybe we aren't in it all together?

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    NigelS

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Whilst this is a laudable plea, What about those who, like my self, who are struggling, I am single, juggling two jobs,I have made the decision this year not to buy any thing extra for christmas. I cannot afford it. I do not qualify for food banks.

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    lucy

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • The Government will do nothing while we have these food banks

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • Probably the MP's coming 11% pay increase could have been used to buy a lot of food for poor people. However we must try to to understand that running a London property portfolio is expensive too!!!

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    Bazza46

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • Blister is spot on; but as usual he will be derided by the lefties because they want to use Food Banks as part of their political argument against the government on the run up to the 2015 election. Conveniently forgetting of course that Food Banks were in existence when they were in power. Food Banks are an absolute waste of time. If the people running them want to do something for these people, their time and effort would be better spent in educating their clients, as they call them, on how to manage their money. I was appalled to learn the other day that a community shop has opened in Goldisthorpe for people on benefits where they can buy food at just 30% of the normal retail price. The food being donated companies such as M&S because of over stocking etc and would normally have been thrown out. . But as usual, it is the rest of us who pay our way in life, picking up the tab again. The cost of their waste is added to our shopping bill as is the cost to shops of shop lifting. Sometimes I just feel like throwing all my money in the sea and going on welfare. Then I too can sit at home and do diddly squat. Which is probably what is going to happen to the owners of the corner shops in Goldisthorpe.

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • Well said Blister

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • And of course, blister, DukDad and Derek, you have peer reviewed evidence to prove your claim, and not just anecdotes from some bloke in the pub.

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    Sugarbeet

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • @ ingo wagenknecht - Usual position from Labour. When they have lost the argument they revert to type and bring out the usual diatribe.

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • DWP staff have been given quotas on the number of benefit claimants they are to "sanction"-remove from benefit and so from the claimant headcount for the month.This has led to many unfair and spurious "sanctioning" of claimants,who have no means of income as a result.Such folk are a major cause in the growth of the foodbank.A moratorium on the unfair use of "sanctions" by the DWP is necessary unless foodbanks are to be a permanent replacement for the welfare state,along with the workhouse.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • I commend you blister for having the guts to say what most people are thinking.

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    DukDad

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • The cameron damage limitation team is in full flow here, assisting the EDP in directing bluster to those who are disabled, on benefits or unfit to work. This plea should be directed at IPSA;s hand out cul;ture and at those who are quiet about rising bonuses and bankers pay.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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