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Cromer churches set up food bank

More than 100 people turned up to a meeting in Cromer to help establish a food-bank to provide “nutritionally-balanced” food parcels to support those in the Cromer area...

More than 100 people turned up to a meeting in Cromer to help establish a food-bank to provide “nutritionally-balanced” food parcels to support those in the Cromer area left struggling to feed themselves following sudden crises, reports Network Norwich and Norfolk.

It was standing room only at the meeting under the tower of Cromer’s parish church as the Cromer and District Foodbank was launched on Tuesday March 27.

The organisers were overwhelmed at the turnout, and said they hoped that the Foodbank would begin to hand out parcels to the needy in time for September and the harvest festival season. They hoped that the scheme to feed Cromer residents in times of crisis could reach out to other north Norfolk towns and villages.

The Foodbank team is drawn from various Christian church denominations in the town, but the group is keen to work with people of all faiths or none as the work expands.

“We’ve done our research. We’ve also contacted some of the local frontline care agencies and from every one of them we’ve heard that they are sure there’s a need in this area,” said Cromer and District Foodbank chairman Tina Nicholas.

“We need people with skills including bookkeeping, administration, distribution, warehouse management, website design and fundraising. We also need people who are willing to give a few hours for collecting and sorting the food.”

After the gathering, scores of people signed up as potential volunteers, expressing an interesting in helping with supermarket collections, arranging and packing food parcels and administration. Volunteers will also offer companionship, moral support, advice and prayer to those in need during distribution sessions.

If you can help, call Tina Nicholas on (UK) 01263 514036 or e-mail mrscnic@yahoo.co.uk.

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