Foodbank launched for poor struggling families

FAMILIES struggling to afford food for their tables during this recession will get some relief from a new ‘Foodbank’ scheme being launched by churches in Hailsham.

Christ Church Hailsham, with Crosslink Trust representing mainstream Christian communities in the parish, are working together to open the scheme within the next few weeks.

The Foodbank scheme works by front line care agencies such as doctors and social workers giving Foodbank vouchers to people finding themselves in economic crisis.

These vouchers are then exchanged for three days worth of food items by collecting the goods from the Foodbank distribution point in Hailsham.

The location of the collection centre will be confirmed soon, said Malcolm Richards, the Hailsham Foodbank project manager.

Mr Richards said: “It is a sad fact that many families in Hailsham are struggling to put food on the table.

“With many people on low incomes, a sudden crisis – redundancy or an unexpected bill – can mean difficult choices between paying the rent and eating.

“This is where the Foodbank comes in to meet the immediate need. Foodbanks help prevent family tension, housing loss and health problems.”

Volunteers are also at hand in the collection centre to listen to clients and point them in the right direction for further long term support.

Waitrose superstore has already pledged support under its ‘community matters’ initative to convert green tokens donated by shoppers into food and boost the Foodbank with much-needed supplies.

Mr Richards said: “We have received excellent support from the community, from the local supermarkets, and Parker Building Supplies who gave us the materials to refurbish the premises from which the Foodbank hopes to be shortly operating from.

“Many volunteers from the local church communities have come forward to help run the Foodbank.

“They will collect food, distribute emergency food to those in crisis, work in the storage warehouse and help to refurbish the premises to be used as the distribution point.”

If anyone would like to help by donating food, giving funds, volunteering or in any other way contact Mr Richards on: 01323 844428 or email: info@hailsham.foodbank.org.uk