By Kevin Unitt Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 30/11 15:02
KENILWORTH'S newly-established Foodbank is helping scores of people in need and bosses expect a further rush in the run up to Christmas.
The foodbank, launched three months ago and based at Jubilee House, relies on donations to provide food for local families who are experiencing financial difficulty.
Donations can be left between 11am and noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, or at churches in the town throughout the week, while supermarket collections are also key, where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two. Foodbank volunteers will be collecting next at local Tesco stores on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2.
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, citizens advice and police then identify people in crisis and issue them with food bank vouchers, which can then be brought along to the food bank between noon and 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and are redeemable for three days worth of food.
Project manager Yvonne Wheeler told the Observer: “We have helped 58 people and their families so far, which perhaps doesn't perhaps sound a lot but this is Kenilworth. Some may be surprised that in a town like ours people need such help.
“When people come in they can be nervous, perhaps a little ashamed, but we always say that anyone can be in crisis. It only takes a person losing their job for a family to be in trouble.
“It is a particularly difficult time for people in the run up to Christmas, as they have little money but want to buy their loved ones presents.”
Volunteers also meet service users there and are able to signpost them to other agencies able to tackle any longer-term problems.
Nessa Kirby, treasurer of the foodbank, said: “We have already been touched by the support we have received from the local community.
“Please don’t think we just need grand gestures as small donations given lots of people could make a huge difference to families who really need your help, but particularly as we approach the festive season.”
Visit www.kenilworth.foodbank.org.uk or call 01926 857155 for more information.
* Donations to Kenilworth foodbank will rewarded with a seasonal mince pie and glass of mulled wine at the town's Christmas lights switch-on tonight (Friday).
Bosses of Heritage Property, based on the corner Warwick and Station Road, are asking visitors to come along and donate non-perishable and in-date food.
In return, visitors will get a glass of Heritage managing director Richard Hill’s now ‘famous’ mulled wine and a mince pie. Donations can be left at the branch at any time between now and Christmas.
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