Stowmarket Food Bank Demand Continues To Rise
Stowmarket Town Council continues to work closely with Stowmarket Food Bank to provide food parcels for those in the greatest need.
As pressures on food banks mount all over the country, Heather Tooke, Community Centre Manager, is working closely with New Life Church to ensure the Stowmarket Food Bank remains stocked and operational. As well as setting up a drop-off point at the community centre, she is collecting donations every Tuesday and Thursday from supermarkets. There is also a special arrangement in place at the end of each market trading day (Thursdays and Saturdays) whereby any surplus food is being donated to the food bank.
Stowmarket mayor, Paul Ekpenyong, has donated £100 worth of food to the food bank, and Tesco Manager, Scott Garrod, donated a trolley full of Easter eggs.
Before coronavirus, the food bank would normally deliver 60 food parcels a month to those in serious need, but in the first week of April alone 54 deliveries took place in the town. This has been made possible by the efforts of a number of parties including Tesco, Asda and Bidfood within Stowmarket. The town council continue to make its vehicles available to help collect food from the local supermarkets.
We urge people to continue donating items to the food bank. Stowmarket Town Council will continue aiding the food bank with staff and access to vehicles.