Foodbank charity looking to expand across Norfolk

A successful harvest period has seen the Norwich Foodbank charity overwhelmed with donations and now the organisation is looking to expand across Norfolk.

The Foodbank – which supplies emergency food packages to those in crisis in conjunction with care services such as YMCA and Age UK – targeted six tonnes of food being donated in September and October.

However, the campaign has seen all hopes surpassed with a massive 12 tonnes donated.

Project manager of Norwich Foodbank, Grant Habershon, explained that after just over a year in existence the charity is now already having an effect beyond Norwich.

He said: 'Food has come in from all over the county.

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'This includes schools from Cromer, Banham, Loddon, Dereham and Reepham and churches from Overstrand, Mattishall, Tipton, Paston, Hockering, Sea Palling and Wells.

'They also had a wonderful harvest collection from Wayland Prison.

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'This incredible response is allowing us to push ahead with plans to open additional distribution centres for foodboxes, both in Norwich and now further afield.

'The vision is that all people in crisis throughout Norfolk will eventually have access to a local foodbank distribution centre.'

Norwich Foodbank is now keen to speak to churches and communities outside of the city which are interested in becoming one of the distribution centres or would like help and encouragement in setting up their own foodbank and joining the Trussell Trust foodbank network.

Mr Habershon continued: 'It is great if towns can set up their own foodbank and join the Trussell Trust network. King's Lynn has just set one up and Thetford and Gunton will soon be doing the same.

'However many areas may not have the resources to do this or may need help and encouragement.

'Wymondham Rotary Club recently contacted Norwich Foodbank to see how a distribution centre could be set up in their town. Local churches in the town got behind this cause and a distribution centre operating from Wymondham Baptist Church will be launched later this year.'

Churches in Harleston and Diss are working towards a longer term goal of setting up a south Norfolk foodbank and discussions are also taking place with churches in Swaffham, Dereham and Stalham.

You can donate up to �10 to Norwich Foodbank by sending a text message reading 'FBUK11' to 70070, which will be split evenly between Norwich Foodbank and the Trussell Trust.

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