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Breckland Council donate vital cash for foodbank which delivers to Fakenham and Swaffham

A foodbank which delivers food to centres in Swaffham and Fakenham has been given a funding boost.

Breckland Council has provided £2,500 funding to the Mid-Norfolk Foodbank, to secure a new storage unit to help meet the increasing public demand for the community foodbank services.

The funding will ensure volunteers can operate safely in extended premises, store additional food donations and meet the growing need for their services.

Foodbank donations
Foodbank donations

Compared with March to November 2019 to the same period in 2020, demand for support from the foodbank has risen by 50 per cent - with more than 46 tonnes of food given out in mid-Norfolk since the pandemic began.

The Trussell Trust-supported foodbank delivers donated food to centres in Swaffham and Fakenham, from its current storage space in Toftwood, but the surge in demand meant more storage space was urgently needed.

Alison Webb, Breckland executive member for health and housing said: “The Mid-Norfolk Foodbank have provided an exceptional service to residents during the Covid-19 pandemic and it was clear more financial support was needed to ensure this invaluable service continued in a safe environment.

"The £2,500 grant is in addition to a previous £10,000 grant we supplied in 2020, ensuring local residents in need can access food.

"This support is being delivered as part of the Inspiring Communities project, which is investing £1 million into local community groups working on key projects to support the most vulnerable in society.”

Dave Pearson, chairman of Trustees for Mid-Norfolk Foodbank said: “We would like to say a sincere thank you to Breckland Council for their tremendous support and help in securing this new storage unit.

"With this grant of £2,500 we can now work safely, effectively and help more people in our local community.”

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