Foodbank is to be opened by Mp to meet needs of locals

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The Bury St Edmunds Foodbank will be opened on Friday, November 9, after months of planning and will help families finding themselves in crisis.

The foodbank was set up after a local woman approached Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Residents’ Association, asking for help in feeding her family.

He approached Gatehouse, the charity which supports needy families in and around Bury St Edmunds, and it agreed to co-ordinate the food collection and distribution.

On Friday Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley will open the scheme at Moreton Hall Community Centre.

Funding was provided from the locality budgets of county councillors Marke Ereira-Guyer and Craig Deardon-Phillips and a committee of several organisations including Gatehouse, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the WI, Churches Together, HEART, the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux, the Quakers and other groups helped create the foodbank. The Co-Op and Asda have also offered support.

People will be referred to the foodbank through the CAB, Anglia Care Trust and social services using a voucher system. Three days of nutritionally balanced food will be exchanged for the vouchers at local community centres.

Amanda Bloomfield from Gatehouse said: “This is for people who have been unexpectedly put into need, put into crisis by bereavement or benefit delay, redundancy or illness.”