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The project manager of Waveney Foodbank has thanked people who are still donating and volunteering despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Matt Scade appealed to people to help the network of foodbanks, which has a warehouse in Eye, when Covid-19 first struck and says people are now really coming together to help the greater cause.

He said: “We were really low at one point, but people have rallied and donated quite a bit over the last couple of days.

Matt Scade with a food crate outside Hope Church in Diss, which is one of the foodbank's centres. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Matt Scade with a food crate outside Hope Church in Diss, which is one of the foodbank's centres. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone; the members of the public who have been donating and those people that are volunteering. Without all of you, we would have had to close – we just would not have been able to carry on.”

The network covers places such as Diss, Harleston, Long Stratton and Framlingham, with Mr Scade saying the initiative covers an area “from the A11, right across to the A12 and everything in between”.

Since the outbreak took hold in the UK, the foodbank –part of the Trussell Trust network – has faced a number of problems, including the need to restructure its volunteer workforce due to people self-isolating and the closures of referral centres, where people get their foodbank vouchers from.

Mr Scade said: “These things obviously cannot be helped in the current situation, but they do put extra pressure on the service we provide. We are trying to find ways around them as best we can.

“We know that with people self-isolating now for up to 12 weeks, things are not going to get easier, but we just hope people keep donating food and money as well as offering to volunteer.”

The project manager, from Harleston, said that people can donate food for the foodbank in any Tesco, Morrisons or Co-op stores in south Norfolk and north Suffolk.

For those wanting to volunteer, he said more information would be added to the foodbank’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For details on the service, go to waveney.foodbank.org.uk.



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