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EDP and Evening News launch foodbanks appeal


The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News have teamed up with foodbanks across Norfolk, Waveney and Fenland to help feed those who cannot afford to feed themselves


How you can help

Take your food donations to the places listed below or to the EDP head offices in Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich.
You can make cash donations online at
For every donation up to £10, Local Giving will match it and claim Gift Aid (where applicable) – so your first £10 means £22.50 for people where you live. The money will be split between foodbanks according to demand.
Norwich Foodbank: Unit 14, Henderson Industrial Units, Ivy Road, Norwich, 01603 251733
Cromer: Methodist Church Hall, Corner of Holt Road & Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9DT,
07826 376343
East Suffolk: Gunton Baptist Church, Montgomery Avenue, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 4DZ. 01502 537798
Great Yarmouth: Gorleston Baptist Church, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston NR31 6LY. 07786952306
King’s Lynn: 5 St Anns Fort, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QS,, 07582558143
Mid Norfolk: Wellspring Family Centre, 35 Neatherd Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2AE,
01362 850624
Thetford: Bishop’s School Arts Centre (Abbey Estate), Canterbury Way, Thetford IP24 1EB,
0844 288 9618
Waveney: DC3 Vinces Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HG. 0845 269 1078
Wisbech: Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1BA,  07810087274
Last December, the region’s foodbanks fed more than 1,000 people – including hundreds of children – and demand this year is expected to drive that figure far higher
The papers are asking readers to donate food from the shopping list which will support the charity’s vital work to make sure no one has to go hungry, this Christmas or beyond
Grant Habershon, project manager at Norwich Foodbank, the largest of our region’s nine foodbanks, said even a small donation – picking up an extra item in the weekly shop – had the power to make a difference to the thousands of adults and children in crisis
“The basic principle is to help a neighbour in need,” he said. “The people who come to us are those who have fallen through the safety net, for whatever reason that may be. Our emergency food boxes give them the urgent help they need while support agencies sort out their problems”
All the people foodbanks help have been referred there by trained professionals – they cannot simply turn up to claim food. Whatever the reasons behind their need, they are all proud people who do not want to ask for help but have nowhere else to turn
“They are people who may have suffered a sudden bereavement, illness or redundancy, or whose benefits have been changed or delayed – but all of them are in crisis,” said Mr Habershon
“Their immediate issue is that they have no food, and our food boxes solve that immediate need. We can then point them onwards to further help when they need it.”
Foodbanks work with partners including the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Probation Service and Norfolk County Council, and charities like Age UK or Leeway, who identify people in desperate need and refer them to the foodbank
By taking away their most pressing concern – the need for food – the foodbanks free up care agencies to find solutions to each client’s problems
You can play your part by buying an additional tin at the supermarket, or handing over the extra packet in a two-for-one offer. All of it will go to helping people in need in your community
Nigel Pickover, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Evening News, urged readers to play their part: “Foodbanks are a sign of the strength of our communities in action: people working together to help those less fortunate than them,” he said. “Many people and families, some of them our neighbours, are facing times when they do not know where their next meal is coming from
“Your donation to our EDP Foodbank Appeal can be the difference between a family having food on the table on Christmas Day, or going hungry”

Read the appeal articles on the EDP24 website

Foodbank Appeal: Please make sure families don’t go hungry this Christmas
Foodbank appeal: We meet the volunteer army that feeds the ‘hidden hungry’

Reproduced from the Network Norfolk website. Used with permission.