Budget day proved to be the busiest yet for a new scheme providing basic food items to those in need in the Seahaven area.
As Chancellor George Osborne announced the government’s economic plans, The Seahaven Storehouse, based at Seaford Community Church, was busy dealing with calls for help to put a meal on the table.
The storehouse is the brainchild of church member Dawn Woolgar, who has a passion to help those in need in the area.
Speaking on Friday April 5, she said: “Yesterday I went and delivered a food parcel to a family because they couldn’t afford the bus fare to the church.
“When I arrived there were four children who needed to be fed. It breaks my heart.”
Dawn had been thinking of how she could help when the an idea for a poor fund was put forward by the church about a year ago.
“They left it with me to think about it and develop it,” she said.
Dawn went to the Eastbourne Foodbank and started bringing parcels to Seahaven to establish the need in the area, as well as finding out more from her husband, who works for East Sussex County Council’s children’s services.
“At Christmas we were so busy giving out food hampers there was obviously a need,” she said.
Now the storehouse is open at the church in Vale Road every Thursday from 10am to 1pm, church members are donating food and there is a food collection bin at Morrisons in Seaford.
Dawn has been talking to Seaford Martello Rotary Club, with its own food hamper scheme, about how they can work together.
“We are giving out more food than we can bring in,” she said.
Those in need of food are referred by social services or GPs but Dawn said they also wanted to help those who were working but not able to make the money go round and the elderly.
“Social workers can deliver the food to be more discreet or people can come along to the church on Thursday mornings and have a cup of tea as well,” she said.
Dawn is due to go to an assembly at Chyngton Primary School in Seaford to talk about the storehouse during a ‘bring a can’ day.
She also wants to give talks at schools in Newhaven and to be on hand at Morrisons to meet food donors.
If you can help donate food or need a food parcel, contact Dawn Woolgar on 07921 844930.
Alternatively you can email her at email@example.com