Fakenham is set to become the latest town to open a Food Bank in a bid to help residents who are struggling to make ends meet, it has emerged.
Organisers of the scheme were due to meet last night, after the Lynn News went to press, to discuss the scale and management of the project and hope to begin operations soon.
The scheme is intended to extend the work that charity workers have already been doing to give food parcels to those in need.
And co-ordinator Sally Martin has been delighted by the response of local people to the cause.
She said: “We have had a wonderful response from local people wanting to be involved.”
The scheme is being organised by the town’s Churches Together group, with support from the Trussell Trust.
Although falling unemployment figures and rising growth statistics have suggested that the economy might now be on the road to recovery, officials say there is still a significant need for schemes like the food bank.
Leaders of the town’s Salvation Army group say they give food parcels to an average of around three people every week.
Captain Paula Ashman, from the group said: “I think there are a lot of people who are on the borderline who struggle from time to time.”
And Mrs Martin said the mid-Norfolk Food Bank, which covers the Swaffham area, had helped around 1,000 people in the past year alone.
She said: “The effects of the financial downturn seem still very much in evidence in our region adding to the problems when people hit hard times for whatever reason.”
Contributions can be left in a box in the town’s parish church, which is open daily, and at several other points around the town, including the Salvation Army shop in Oak Street.
Suggested items to donate include tins of fruit and vegetables, as well as long life milk, tea, coffee and pasta.
Anyone who would like to help the Food Bank can Mrs Martin on 01328 862829, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the parish church office on 01328 862268.