Free food scheme launched in Thetford to help those in need

17:29 23 December 2011

The Thetford Foodbank volunteers with a shopping trolley full of food donated by customers

The Thetford Foodbank volunteers with a shopping trolley full of food donated by customers


A major initiative has been launched in a Norfolk town to help people in crisis through redundancy, illness, injury or bereavement.

A foodbank scheme has been set up in Thetford to provide emergency supplies to people struggling to buy food and 25 volunteers were out in force at the Tesco store in nearby Kilverstone yesterday to appeal for shoppers to help with food donations.

The foodbank’s manager, Ali James, said the scheme was dependent on donations of tinned and dried food from schools, churches, businesses and individuals within the town to be successful, so the volunteers had chosen to hand out leaflets at Tesco.

She added that the town’s Abbey estate was among the top 15pc in the country on indexes of deprivation, while the St Johns and Barnham Cross estates also ranked highly.

The help was aimed particularly at those unable to afford their next meal, she added.

Care agencies including job centres and social service teams refer their clients to the foodbank initiative if they are in desperate need and have vouchers which they can give them enabling them to receive three days of free food.

So far, the foodbank volunteers have collected 0.8 tons of dried and tinned food, which has been stored in a warehouse ready to be distributed.

The group is made up of church volunteers from the Thetford Christians Together group and is based at the Liberty Christian Family Centre.

Nationally, the foodbanks are run by the Trussell Trust, which has already launched 163 across the UK.

The foodbank is open between 12.30pm and 2pm on Mondays and 10.30am and noon on Saturdays.

“Since the end of July, 33 foodbanks have opened, at least one a week across the UK. It is part of the Conservatives’ Big Society idea, the community is helping to feed the community,” Mrs James added.


  • Trussell Trust? For a moment I thought it was the Tressell Trust named after the (pseudonym) of the author of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists". Real name Robert Noonan. It is obscene that Mrs James has revisited this era of 100 years ago. Also bizarre that the Conservatives, of all people, have tried to hijack Philanthropy. Take all away with one hand secretly, give a little token back with the other with lots of publicity. Charity by sleight of hand. Sleep well, worthy folk. Not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 23, 2011

  • Well done the trussel trust and all those volunteers who have given up their time to help. A lot of questions have got to be asked how this country has got in such a mess in the first place . This goverment and certainly the last labour goverment have some serious questions to answer why people in this country are having to rely on food parcels and charity at xmas. Where has all the money gone?

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    running bear

    Friday, December 23, 2011

  • Where's Robin Hood when we need him?

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    Saturday, December 24, 2011

  • Disgraceful that in our "little society" that people are so poor that they have to rely on food banks. congratulations Mrs James for resurrecting the term "Big Society", however i was hoping that i would never hear this soundbite again as it has proved meaningless

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