Crowborough’s Foodbank provides more than 5,000 meals for families in need


Families in the Crowborough area continue to need urgent support feeding their families, but the generosity of local people is undiminished.

Some of the students at Beacon Academy wearing their Christmas jumpers
Collection of food at Beacon Academy (Freda Robinson front right)

In 2015 a total of 5,013 meals were provided compared with 3,618 in the previous year.  The meals in 2015 were given to a total of 557 people (307 adults and 250 children), up from a total of 402 people in 2014.

All the food was donated by local residents using collection points in Tesco, Waitrose, and at various other venues and churches in Crowborough and Rotherfield.

Crowborough Foodbank co-ordinator, Freda Robinson, said:

We remain extremely grateful to the volunteers who give up their time to perform a variety of tasks for Foodbank, and hugely thankful to those who donate food at the various collection points.Food-Bank-Open-Sign

These figures show the number of families in crisis who need support is not yet decreasing and we will continue to support those in need in our community as long as that need remains.

Such has been the generosity of the people of Crowborough and Rotherfield, that the Foodbank has even been able to help people outside of the local community.

Freda said:

The food that is donated goes to local families, that will always be our priority.  From time to time we have found that we have met the need locally and still have some surplus food. In those circumstances, rather than let the food go to waste, we have been able to support other foodbanks.

Crowborough Foodbank was the initiative of Crowborough and Rotherfield Churches together and was set up in January 2014.  Since then volunteers have helped feed and support hundreds of local families in need. It is part of the Trussell Trust’s national network of more than 400 foodbanks.

It provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis from food donated by the public and sorted by volunteers.  Frontline care professionals such as the CAB and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher.  Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher.

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