Hadleigh Foodbank launches appeal for new permanent storage space to meet growing demand for service
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Volunteers behind the recently-renewed Hadleigh Foodbank say they are on the lookout for a new permanent storage space in the town, in order to meet growing demand.
The charity, which initially began last year to collect donations for the Find Foodbank in Ipswich, was relaunched by Neil Bevis and town councillor Angela Gregg in July, after identifying a need for a more local service that could deliver food faster to struggling families.
Cllr Gregg, who currently stores the donated food at her home in Millers Close, said she is now able to deliver food parcels to people on the same day of receiving referrals from the foodbank’s partner agencies.
However, with an increase in donations at collection points at the the town’s Aldi, Co-op and Morrisons stores and a rising number of referrals, she says the service now needs a permanent location to store the food, and would like to hear from anybody who can help.
“We have got lots of ambitions for what we want to try to do with the foodbank, but it depends on us getting this storage space,” Cllr Gregg told the Free Press.
“There is quite a big demand. The problem before was that the nearest foodbanks were in Ipswich or Sudbury, and it was taking two or three days before people were getting the food that they needed.
“It makes a huge difference. We had a father and daughter who had been rehomed locally, with nothing but what they stood up in. Within an hour, I was able to get food to them.
“The support has been amazing. It’s really good that the community is realising there is a need, and the collections we get every week are incredible.”
The foodbank has received support during the Harvest Festival from Hadleigh Community Primary School, Elmsett Primary School and St Peter’s Church.
Donations are currently being sought of cans of meals, tinned vegetables, pasta, rice, long-life milk and jars of sauce, as well as toiletries.
Cllr Gregg added that they are hoping to be able provide people with vouchers in the near future, so that they can directly purchase fresh food.
If you can help the charity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.