New food bank opened in Lewes

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A Food Bank was opened on Monday at Malling Community Centre in Lewes.

The town’s Mayor, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, officiated at the launch of the facility.

Like the Food Banks in Lewes at Landport and De Montfort, this one will be supplied by Fair Share with generous contributions from the local supermarkets. It is managed by the newly formed Malling Tenants and Residents Association.

Cllr O’Keefe said: “Lewes is generally thought of as a prosperous place, but this doesn’t mean there’s no one in the town needing help.

“It is all too easy for someone to lose their job through illness or redundancy and families can face an immediate crisis before benefits kick in. This scheme is working well in the town and I am sure it will do here as well.”

The project’s organiser Sarah Neels said: “The scheme is by referral only at present.

“Local doctors, social workers, district nurses, charities and other agencies are sending people to us who they feel would benefit.”

There are plans for the Malling Food Bank, in association with others in Lewes, to place deposit boxes in the supermarkets so that townspeople can make an ‘in kind’ contribution when they shop.

Pictured with the Mayor at the launch are Cllr John Stockdale, Teresa Bradbury and Sarah Neels.