Crowborough Foodbank helped 400 families in the first year

Crowborough Foodbank has completed its first year of operation in the town by helping more than 400 families with immediate access to food at a time of crisis.

Volunteers hear the first Crowborough Foodbank annual report from Co-ordinator Freda Robinson.  Picture: Mike Raddenbury

Volunteers hear the first Crowborough Foodbank annual report from Co-ordinator Freda Robinson. Picture: Mike Raddenbury

Deputy Co-ordinator Andrew Drummond Smith:

Although we started out with a limited appreciation of what the need might be in this part of East Sussex, our launch has been completely justified.  We’ve been able to help hundreds of people who have relied on us and distributed the ingredients for over 3,300 meals from our centre in the United Church and through emergency food boxes.

We aim to help people who, for one reason or another, find themselves in a crisis not of their own making.  It’s easy to think that people in this relatively affluent part of the country shouldn’t have to go hungry, but they do and we’re here to help, with the support of our group of referral agencies like the Citizens Advice Bureau who meet our clients on the front line.

Crowborough Food Bank, a partnership of Crowborough and Rotherfield Churches Together and national charity The Trussell Trust, has around 45 dedicated volunteers. Many of them marked the first anniversary with a special evening at the United Church when Pauline Townsend of Crowborough CAB outlined the problems of dailyFood-Bank-Open-Sign living which face so many throughout the local area.

In her report to the volunteers, Foodbank Co-ordinator Freda Robinson paid tribute to the invaluable work of Andrew Drummond Smith who is stepping down as Deputy Co-ordinator and to John Bartram-Whatley who was forced to resign as Distribution Centre Manager after a serious accident last year.

Looking forward, she said the real need now was to find a single storage location in the town to store the foodbank’s large quantity of food supplies, at present constantly on the move between three storage sites.

Read other articles about the Crowborough Foodbank here.

For more information about the Crowborough Foodbank, and how you can get help, please look at their website: http://crowborough.foodbank.org.uk.

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