Volunteers collecting food for the poor were delighted with the public’s response at the official launch of their Foodbank.

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The Waveney Foodbank held a series of collections in market towns across south Norfolk and north Suffolk on Saturday to mark the official launch since becoming an independent charity after previously sharing warehouse facilities with the Norwich Foodbank.

And the 20 volunteers outside the Budgens supermarket in Harleston received half a ton of food donations from generous shoppers during a seven hour stint outside the store, enough to feed up to 40 people.

Volunteer Graham Reardon said: “The generosity of people is so great. I mean, this is just a small town and a small supermarket and to collect half a ton of food here is just amazing.”

He added if a similar amount had been collected at Bungay Buttercross and the Co-Op in Diss then the event would be considered a success.

The Waveney Foodbank now has a warehouse facility in Stanley Road, Diss to store all the food after having to use a warehouse in Norwich.

The donations are distributed to people who have been recommended to the Foodbank scheme by social care agencies, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The recipient is given a voucher which they can then take to a Foodbank distribution point to be exchanged for food.

Donations are taken to the foodbank warehouse, where they are sorted into boxes sufficient to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for three days for those who have hit life crises and cannot afford to eat.

There are different sized boxes catering for a single person, a couple or a family.

The Foodbank scheme was set up by the charity the Trussell Trust to help the 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK and involves the charity partnering with churches to distribute enough food to last at least three days.

6 comments

  • The coalition is doing its best to recover from the terrible legecy left by the previous government which raided all our savings and spent billions of pounds that the country did not have and has left us with the most debt ever. We could have carried on as before and been like Greece is now, massive unemployment and civil unrest

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    DaveG

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • To blame any one person or party would be all too easy,but also it would be so wrong. What is the right thing to do,is to extend our deepest gratitude to every person who gave a donation of food to us at one of our three collections yesterday , without the support of the public and local businesses we would not be able to help so many people who find themselves in a crisis for whatever reason.

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    Waveney Foodbank

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

  • All mps whatever party shoulld be ashamed they alone have the power to change things for better or worse

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    townie

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Doing its best?! A return to First World War food handouts.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Good on you foodbank i totally support you and admire you for stepping up to the plate

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    townie

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

  • This coalition Government should hang their heads in shame.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

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