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Grantham Foodbank plans to expand site and services

Former site of Brewers Electrical on Greyfriars, being proposed as the new home of Grantham Foodbank.

Former site of Brewers Electrical on Greyfriars, being proposed as the new home of Grantham Foodbank.

Grantham Foodbank have plans to provide even more food along with clothing, homeware and professional advice to those living in poverty, by moving into bigger premises.

A planning application has been submitted to turn the former site of Brewers Electrical on Greyfriars into a base for Grantham Foodbank.

Founder and Lay Outreach Worker at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Brian Hanbury explained: “It is three times the size of our centre on St Catherine’s, so we can grow and push forward with our project to provide clothing and other items.”

As part of this initiative called Restore, the town’s foodbank is encouraging people to donate spare clothes, bedding and kitchen-ware which can form basic start-up kits for people in crisis.

Alongside this they want to build on financial and job advice already given through their partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and local credit unions.

“We work with lots of groups, as we have always been about the local community supporting local people,” added Brian.

They are being assisted in their plans by the Trussell Trust, which runs over 400 community-based foodbanks across the UK.

Thanks to a 6-figure personal donation from Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis, the Trust have been able to launch a pilot scheme which will see foodbanks working with debt and money-management charities to provide instant financial help at the point of crisis.

Martin Lewis said: “The hope is that this scheme will provide a financial equivalent of ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

He added: “Those who go to foodbanks are already open to asking for help. They’ve rightly prioritised the urgent need to feed themselves and their children. Yet if we can intervene at that point to start to get their financial lives back on track, by approachable, non-judgemental help, it will hopefully cut down the number of return visits.”

The planning application for the Greyfriars site has yet to be determined, but Grantham Foodbank hope that subject to permission they will be able to operate from a bigger premises by October.

Grantham Foodbank are currently in urgent need of food items such as tinned produce and condiments, as well as toiletries - these can be donated at a range of town collection points with more information available at www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk or by emailing enquiry@granthamfoodbank.org.uk

 

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