Waveney Foodbank has been the Parish’s chosen local charity since 2012. It is fundamentally an ecumenical venture but encompasses all faiths and none. Its main aim is to provide emergency food to those in need but it also supplies a variety of other essential household items that are donated by the public. These are donated via many collections points in the area, including St Edmunds Church and St Thomas More Chapel, to a central warehouse where it is sorted and boxed prior to being issued to distribution centres.
There are distribution centres in Diss, Harleston, Bungay and Long Stratton serving outlying villages in their area plus a delivery service covering Fressingfield and Stradbroke. Foodbank vouchers are obtained from care providers such as the CAB, doctors, schools, housing associations and health visitors. These vouchers are exchanged, at the distribution centres for a food box containing a balanced diet lasting three days per person.
Many parishioners donate the much needed and appreciated items and volunteer their time to man the distribution centres. Unfortunately there has been an ever increasing, though fluctuating, need for this kind of support in the area over the past four years and more.
Further details about the local organisation, and about Foodbank national news and campaigns, can be found on the Waveney Foodbank’s own website.