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NEW TEMPORARY HOME FOR KING’S LYNN FOODBANK AFTER RECORD NUMBERS FED

2nd March 2018

The King’s Lynn Foodbank is moving its distribution centre back to the Purfleet Trust after over two years operating from the Red Cross building.

The move takes place this weekend, with the doors opening to the public at 12.30pm on Monday (5th March).

The Foodbank continues to help local people in crisis by providing emergency food to people referred to the service. As anticipated, 2017 was its busiest year to date – the Foodbank fed 4,322 people, which was a 16% rise on 2016, including nearly 1,500 children. Benefit delays and changes accounted for 43% of vouchers issued, with low income (such as zero hour contracts) accounting for 29% – a significant increase from 2016. In addition, the Foodbank fed 430 people in January 2018, which is the charity’s busiest month since opening in 2011.

Foodbank trustee Andy King said, “we’ve been so grateful to the support of the British Red Cross over the past couple of years, and we’re looking forward to working closely with the Purfleet Trust again.

“We’re still on the look-out for a good, affordable property in a central location where people can receive a friendly welcome, food, and assistance with managing their situation.

“We’re happy to consider sharing the building with others who share our vision.”

Please note that the Downham Market Foodbank distribution centre remains unaffected by these changes.

If you have an empty premises or space within an existing premises that you would be willing to consider letting the Foodbank use, then please contact 07582 558143 or via maarten@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk.

 

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