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Foodbank set up for struggling families in Shoreham
A new foodbank is being set up in Shoreham as more people in Sussex struggle to feed their families.
Hundreds of people have been travelling miles to get emergency food parcels.
Now churches which are part of the Adur Churches Forum have come together to set up the foodbank, which will open in September from the Shoreham Community Centre in Pond Road.
It comes as about a third of people asking for emergency food parcels in Worthing travelled up to six miles from Shoreham for help.
Matt Davies, the pastor for Church of Christ the King’s congregation in Shoreham, said they approached Trussell Trust about starting a franchise of the foodbank in Shoreham.
This weekend is the new foodbank’s first collection. Then the charity will be approaching frontline care professionals, including hospitals, schools and social workers.
Mr Davies said: “Worthing has had a Trussell Trust foodbank run by the Jubilee Community Church since 2007.
“A third of their clients are from Shoreham postcodes – and they fed 2,000 people last year.
“It’s pretty scary stuff.”
New research released this week shows one in 10 adults in the region have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their families or relied on relatives or friends for food.
Today volunteers will be collecting donations of food from shoppers in Tescos, alongside charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare, which distributes left-over and unwanted food to charities.
It is the second of two days of collections in almost all of the supermarket’s stores across the country.
Tesco held its first national collection in December last year, raising the equivalent of 2.4 million meals for people in need. The retailer tops up donations by a further 30%.
A spokeswoman from Brighton and Hove’s FareShare branch said the last six month period has seen a “dramatic rise” in the food distribution service.
The branch has started working with Tesco’s to ensure that surplus food from their home delivery network is not wasted – providing 65.5 tonnes in the last six months, making the supermarket the charity’s single biggest supplier.
The charity has also started delivering to a number of towns outside of Brighton and now has routes to Littlehampton and Lewes.
In the first six months of this year Brighton and Hove FareShare shipped more fruit than in the whole of 2012.
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