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Thurrock Foodbank Charity in need of new permanent premises

5th September 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

The Thurrock Foodbank charity are appealing for help in finding a new place of premises for storage of supplies. Currently, a church hall in Stanford le Hope is used but it is only available for another month.

The charity would ideally want a place which is rent-free, has a large open space, and is available for the long-term to establish themselves.

The charity provides an emergency food supply for the local Thurrock residents in crisis. As part of the Trussell Trust, the charity collects food donations from the public and redistributes the supplies in boxes to local residents in need.

It is run by local volunteers, providing a minimum of three days emergency food and support to the public. Currently, however, the charity are handing out six boxes per week from Purfleet, Corringham and Tilbury distribution centres.

The charity accepts product donations of tinned food, pasta, tea bags, longlife milk and many other items.
There has been an increase in demand for the Foodbank supplies, which has only been operating for a month. Foodbank believe that the increase of the charity being relied upon could result in 20 boxes per week being distributed.

Large organisations, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Family Mosaic, have shown an interested in the charity. Foodbank vouchers are accepted at the distribution centres across Thurrock.

According to the councils, Thurrock and Tilbury both suffer from a high rate of poverty. According to a Child Poverty Needs Analysis, one in five residents suffer from this crisis in Thurrock, and one in three in Tilbury, respectively.

Foodbank are appealing for help, and if you are able to help they can be contacted here: