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Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.
The Waveney Food Bank is one of a nationwide network of foodbanks set up by churches and communities in partnership with the Trussell Trust. Across in the UK last year, the network fed over 128,000 people.The Hempnall Group of Churches has taken on a commitment to the Waveney Foodbank.
All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
The foodbank have put together a list of useful items. Anything you wish to contribute can be either brought to a group service on the 1st Sunday of the month (see the calendar) or taken to the Rectory in The Street, Hempnall.