Food bank plan for King's Lynn

PUBLISHED: 07:34 18 March 2011

King's Lynn.

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Hard times prompts town's Churches Together to bring a food bank to town.

Rising unemployment and tough financial times have prompted a group of churches to launch a project bringing a food bank to King’s Lynn.

The town’s Churches Together organisation is raising the £1,500 needed to get the project off the ground and it’s hoped Lynn will have a food bank up and running in the autumn to provide emergency help for people who cannot buy food.

The scheme will be linked to the Trussell Trust which currently runs about 70 projects across the country in mostly urban areas, including Norwich.

The charity relies on donations of food from suppliers, including supermarkets and members of the public, and the items are then distributed to those in need of help.

Pastor Kev Crane, of Lynn Baptist Church, said the feedback from organisations and charities in Lynn pointed to a need for a scheme to be established there.

“With things like rising rates of redundancy and people having to wait for benefits to come through, if we can help, then we will,” he said.

Mr Crane said although the Lynn scheme may not be on the same scale as some of the larger urban projects, it was still a vital link for people who found themselves facing hard times.

“The churches are looking to raise the initial £1,500 we need to join the Trussell Trust scheme but after that we will be asking members of the public for help,” he added.

Supermarkets and other suppliers in the area will be asked to donate food to the project, along with members of the public and other organisations such as schools which receive food for harvest festival events. “We will also be working with other charities and are planning an awareness lunch in May for members of the voluntary and state sector,” said Mr Crane.

The Trussell Trust provides emergency food boxes to people in need. Each box supplied contains three days of nutritionally balanced food items and they are distributed via a voucher system.

The trust, which also has a foodbank operating in Cambridge, was founded in 1997 by Paddy and Carol Henderson with a bequest from her mother, Betty Trussell, and initially operated in Bulgaria. By 2000, the organisation was being contacted by people in the UK who needed help and the project spread to create foodbanks operating around the country.

For further information about the Lynn project, contact Pastor Kev Crane on 01553 763015.

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