Fourth foodbank set up to help vulnerable residents in Deeping

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A group of churches is launching a foodbank to help feed vulnerable residents of the Deepings and the surrounding villages.

Churches Together aims to launch the initiative with the help of foodbank charity The Trussell Trust in the coming weeks.

Foodbanks have already been set up in Stamford, Bourne and Rutland.

A public meeting will be held at The Deepings School at 7.30pm on Monday to discuss the foodbank and organisers hope to recruit volunteers on the night.

Janis Hewitt, who is helping set up Deepings Foodbank, said: “There is a growing number of people who need this kind of support. Even a relatively small problem can throw people living on the edge of poverty into crisis.

“Every day people are forced to send their children to bed hungry. But the good news is that you can be part of the solution.

A foodbank provides short term emergency food to people in crisis. Food is given as an intervention strategy, and this allows care professionals, such as church pastoral workers, health visitors and social services time to put longer-term measures in place.

“At a foodbank centre people also have access to other services, such as debt counselling and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.”

The foodbank has already been collecting food from primary schools in the area.

Janis added: “All food given out by a foodbank is donated by generous members of the public. As the recession continues to bite, foodbanks across the UK are seeing more and more people turn to them for help.

“Currently the foodbank in Peterborough is distributing a ton of food each week and, nationally, the Trussell Trust reported that 350,000 people had received three day emergency food supplies from foodbanks in the last six months, which is three times more than the number helped in the same period last year.

“If you want to help your local foodbank feed people in need, then please do come to the public meeting, or let the foodbank know that you are willing to help.”

For more details call Janis on 01778 341946 or cuffley@janishewitt.plus.com