07:00 Thursday 14 November 2013

Ely Foodbank expands to help people in the Fens

Written byJORDAN DAY

Volunteers from Ely Foodbank Volunteers from Ely Foodbank

A foodbank set up to help struggling families in the Ely area is expanding to help people in the Fens.

Ely Foodbank was only set up last November but in just 12 months it has grown to offer a helping hand to people across the Ely, Soham and Littleport area.

The scheme is now expanding further so that it can help people in need in March and Chatteris.

Alan Williams, the foodbank’s development coordinator, said: “We’re trying to ensure that anyone living within reasonable reach of our local towns and villages who is in food crisis has equal access to help from Ely Foodbank.

“We have a non-judgemental approach where people are listened to and helped to engage with the appropriate local agencies.

“People who visit our distribution centres say that they feel valued and understood. Often they return to say thank you, to volunteer their help or to make their own donation.

“By working in partnership with 50 local agencies and organisations, all of us as individuals can play our part in working together to ensure that we can look after local people who are going through difficult times, and enable them to get the help they need to get through their crises with revived hope and dignity restored.”

In the last year, the foodbank has handed out more than 19 tonnes of food to more than 2,400 people in crisis.

The distribution centres are now open as follows:

Monday: Salvation Army Hall, City Road, Littleport, from 10-11am.

Tuesday: Lighthouse Centre, Lynn Road, Ely, from 1-2.30pm, and Powerhouse Church, City Road, March, from 1-2.30pm.

Thursday: Salvation Army Hall, Bushel Lane, Soham from 10-11am.

Friday: Salvation Army Hall, City Road, Littleport, from 10-11am, Emmanuel Church, East Park Street, Chatteris, from 10.30-11.30am, and The Forum, Barton Road, Ely, from 1-2.30pm.

Vouchers for food can be presented at any of the above centres, regardless of where it was issued.

For more information about the foodbank, call (01353) 662396, email info@elyfoodbank.org.uk or visit www.elyfoodbank.org.uk.

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