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You Can Bank on the People of Blandford

by Gerry Lynch last modified 29 Oct, 2013 05:42 PM

Food bank deluged by Harvest Festival gifts from Churches and community

The Blandford Forum Food Bank has been overwhelmed by gifts brought to different churches for Harvest Festivals.

The Food Bank, which was launched in 2012 and is based in the Methodist Church in the Dorset market town, has received harvest gifts from over twenty five sources, including Churches, schools and retirement homes in recent weeks. Volunteer workers have been inundated with foodstuffs to sort and store appropriately before distributing to those facing hardship in and around the town. The storage capacity of the Foodbank has almost been reached.

There are reports from across the country of a significant increase in demand on food banks in recent years, and the Blandford area is no exception. Since January the Foodbank has assisted around 300 adults and 150 children, with much of the help going to people on low income and in debt, as well as those facing problems due to changes to their benefits.

The manager of Blandford Food Bank, Gail Delpinto said “It has been deeply humbling to see the response of the community to the needs of the town and we want to express our profound thanks to everyone who has donated something. We will be able to help many more people as a result.”

Blandford Food Bank is currently open Tuesdays and Thursday between 10 am and 12 noon at the Methodist Church. Donations of food are accepted at the same time, in addition to collection points at Tesco, Morrison’s and the Parish Church.

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