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King’s Lynn Foodbank thanks supporters for helping people in crisis

The Norfolk initiative opened in 2011 and has subsequently provided food packages to 1,456 people ...

King's Lynn Foodbank, Norfolk an initiative of King's Lynn Churches Together with help from homeless charity, The Purfleet Trust, opened its doors in October 2011 and has subsequently provided food packages to 1,456 people including 1078 adults and 378 children, reports Network Norwich

Kevan Crane, Project Manager and Senior Pastor of King's Lynn Baptist Church, said: “If we rewind back one year, we had no idea that the demand for this simple service would be so great, we just knew there was a need.

“Being able to provide for this amount of people is a great testament to God’s provision with the kindness and goodwill of individuals, schools, businesses, churches, Borough Council, charities in and around King’s Lynn.”

The Foodbank is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm at The Purfleet Trust, 5 St Ann’s Fort.

Some 24 organisations act as referral agencies within King’s Lynn, including the Job Centre, providing foodbank vouchers for those people that they identify as in crisis. 

Delays in benefits constitute the main reason for people requiring vouchers followed by low income and the refusal of a crisis loan.

One of the agencies registered to give out King’s Lynn Foodbank vouchers expressed their appreciation by saying: “Our thanks to you and the people who donate food to you.  Under the present economic difficulties and with the changes to the benefits system, your service provides a vital ‘stop-gap’ for our clients - some of whom often experience great financial hardship.”

While the King’s Lynn Foodbank team were amazed by the demand in 2012, they are preparing for an even busier year in 2013 due to the upcoming welfare reforms which will take effect in April, further job losses in the public sector and an increase in household bills.

To contact King’s Lynn Foodbank call 01553 763015 or e-mail kev@klbc.org.uk

 

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