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Witham: Collection in aid of Foodbank this weekend
5:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A collection will be held at a supermarket to help feed people in crisis.
The Braintree Area Foodbank is holding a collection at Morrisons, in Braintree Road, Witham, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday.
Foodbank volunteers will be handing out a ‘shopping list’ of essential foodstuffs as shoppers enter the store.
They will then collect contributions from shoppers as they leave.
Products given to the Foodbank provide an emergency three-day supply of meals for those who find themselves in urgent need because of a crisis in their life, such as benefits delay, redundancy or unexpected bills.
Individuals and families are referred to the Foodbank by a partner agency, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or First Stop.
There are four distribution centres in Braintree district, including Witham Methodist Church, where the Foodbank is open from 10am to 12noon on Fridays.
Braintree Area Foodbank director Vivian Salter said: “Like other foodbanks across the country we are seeing a steep increase in demand from those in need.
“Last month we fed nearly 250 people in the Braintree district, the highest since we opened in April last year.
“For those already living on the breadline, school holidays are a particularly difficult time as children are not getting their free school meals.
“Supermarket collections are an important source of the food we distribute, and we need people to give generously so that we can make sure that no-one in our district has to go hungry.”
To help the Foodbank, call 01376 330694, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit braintreearea.foodbank.org.uk
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