Foodbank marks first year
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SNH’s Kelly Ednie with Carol Johnson and Debbie Monaghan from Towcester Foodbank
Foodbank celebrates one year
Local housing provider South Northants Homes (SNH) helped to celebrate the first anniversary of the Towcester Foodbank with a special celebration.
The housing association worked with Churches Together to set up the foodbank last year after staff identified a growing need for such a service. This week many of those involved celebrated the occasion with cake and plans for a move.
The foodbank has proved to be a real success in its first year, helping over 500 adults and almost 300 children by donating over 800 food parcels for families in crisis. Each food package provides enough food for three days.
SNH Tenancy Support Officer, Kelly Ednie, who helped set up the foodbank said: “We have been delighted to be able to work with the Churches Together within the local community over the past year. During this time the foodbank has helped so many people, but we want it to help many more in the future, especially with Christmas only a few months away.”
“While it’s great to see how successful the foodbank has been, it has highlighted how important services like these are in the area. Foodbanks aren’t just for people receiving benefits: they can help anyone in need, no matter what their circumstances. Most people - 60% of recipients - only ever attend once.”
The foodbank, which is moving to new premises outside the South Northants Council in the coming weeks, has received over seven tons of food donations in its first year.
Moving to new premises will make it easier for the public to get to and hopefully raise further awareness of the cause.