Delia to launch new food bank

TV cookery star Delia Smith will be in Stowmarket next week to launch a new food bank organised by Stowmarket Churches Together.

Delia will open the Stowmarket and District Food Bank outside the town council offices, in Milton Road South, on Thursday at 1pm.

The bank is being set up to help people who have been hit hard by the economic slump and need short-term help to get them back on their feet.

Pastor Mike Smith, from the New Life Family Church, is co-ordinating the project with other churches in the area.

Mr Smith said the food bank was a response to a vital need in the area.

He said: “The idea behind the food bank is helping people in a time of crisis.

“Crises often come around after a sudden change in circumstances – losing a job, late payment of benefits or a bereavement in the family.

“This is where food bank comes in – to help these people through their hard times.

“There is a need in the mid Suffolk area for a food bank, there are a lot of people who have been hit hard by the economic situation. It is a response to a real need in the area.

“Churches have come together for a common purpose to support community life.”

Mayor of Stowmarket Anne Whybrow said: “On the face of it we are bucking the trend in so many ways during this economic slump.

“But you only have to sit in the council offices for a day to see the number of people going into the Citizens Advice Bureau for help.

“To have a place where people can go to get short-term help, I think is wonderful.”

Jackie Crame, of Stowmarket Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “There are people who find themselves in situations that mean they just don’t have enough money for the next few days.

“There is a real need for a service like this in the town.”

To donate to the food bank call Mr Smith on 07867767916 or Les on 0771 908 9304