Breckland Council is to provide £10,000 to help restock local foodbanks across the district and support some of the most vulnerable members of local communities during the current coronavirus pandemic. The money will be given to Thetford Foodbank and Mid-Norfolk Foodbank, to help buy essential food items and supplies for local residents. Thetford Foodbank serves Thetford, Attleborough and Watton areas while Mid Norfolk Foodbank covers Swaffham and Dereham.
The foodbanks are currently producing three-day food parcels for residents, which contain key items such as soups, pastas, tinned vegetables and UHT milk. These parcels will be given to single people, couples, and families who are eligible for foodbank support vouchers within the Breckland community. Residents will need to meet the foodbank criteria to allow access to a voucher, with vouchers available from several support organisations including the Citizens Advice Centre, DWP and Breckland Council.
The donation is coming from the council’s Our Breckland Lottery fund, which is generated through the sale of community lottery tickets throughout the year. A proportion of the ticket sales goes into a pot which the council ringfences to be spent on initiatives which benefit members of the community.
Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of Breckland Council, commented: “This is clearly a very challenging time for everybody, but no more so than for our most vulnerable residents. This support will directly help those in our communities who are most in-need and I hope it goes some way to making a difference. There is a tremendous community spirit in Breckland and I would ask everyone to look out for each other and help keep a check on their neighbours and vulnerable people in our towns and villages. No matter how small, every positive and kind action can make a real difference.”
For links to latest national guidance and local service updates, visit: www.breckland.gov.uk/coronavirus