Funding award helps foodbank to go mobile

Diss, Norfolk. Graham Reardon and Jes Rusted of DC3 and the Diss Foodbank based in Mere Street at Number 7

Diss, Norfolk. Graham Reardon and Jes Rusted of DC3 and the Diss Foodbank based in Mere Street at Number 7

The Waveney Foodbank is hoping to improve its ability to support those in need in rural areas after it was awarded £3,000 by Lloyds Bank.

The foodbank, which helps people in difficult times due to redundancy, illness, bereavement, a large bill on a low income or other crisis situations in the Diss Express area, was awarded the money by the 2013 Lloyds Bank Community Fund after a public vote.

A van has been purchased as the good cause looks to boost their reach to those unable to pick up food themselves.

Waveney Foodbank co-ordinator Graham Reardon, who helped set up the foodbank in 2012 said:“I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” he said. “It is going to be very, very useful.

“We had earmarked the money to improve our distribution so that is what we are going to spend it on.

“It is a question of doing more to set up the network to find who the people are.

“The general public are incredibly generous,” he added.

“I have never seen such levels of support for a charity and I have been working in charities and fundraising for more than 25 years.

“The people are really, really kind and generous.”

The foodbank has already fed more than 750 people since April.

Mr Reardon has also issued an appeal to people to help with deliveries by using their own cars.

The foodbank, which collected about two tonnes of food at a collection day at Tesco’s in Diss at the weekend, is also hoping to spread some festive joy over the Christmas period.

Extra bags of food, treats and Christmas crackers will be offered by the charity in the two weeks running up to Christmas Day.

"We are going to try and make Christmas a little more festive for our people," he explained. A lot of people are on 
their own and, if we can bring them a little bit of love and Christian joy, we will be trying to do that."

n The Waveney Foodbank is looking for a bigger warehouse to store food. The charity requires 700 square feet of secure lockup. If anyone can help, please contact the foodbank on 0845 269 1078 or email info@waveney.foodbank.org.uk




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