More foodbanks being set up

trussell trustTwo new foodbanks are being set up in Kingswood and Mangotsfield this autumn in response to an ever-growing need.

A new foodbank project has recently opened in Keynsham and we have also previously reported in The Week In on one being set up to serve the Cadbury Heath and Longwell Green area.

The new Kingswood foodbank will be based at the Bourne Christian Centre in Waters Road, and the Mangotsfield one will be at the Resound Church in Blackhorse Road. Both will be overseen by the Trussell Trust, which partners churches and communities in many parts of the country to open new foodbanks.

The trust is also behind the Keynsham foodbank which has distribution centres at Victoria Methodist Church (Mondays between 10am and noon) and St Francis’ Church in Warwick Road (10am to noon on Thursdays).

The trust says that rising costs of food and fuel, combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.

The food is distributed to people who have been given a voucher from an agreed provider, such as a GP, church worker, one stop shop or a school.

Resound is a church and community building that was opened last year by the Bristol Christian Fellowship. The foodbank, due to open on September 20, will cover Mangotsfield, Emersons Green, Downend and parts of Staple Hill. It will be open every Friday and is a branch of the Yate foodbank.

The Kingswood foodbank, which is due to open next month, will be part of the East Bristol Foodbank. It will be open on Mondays and would welcome donations of food from 30th September. An information evening for people interested in volunteering, takes place on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm at the Kings Rooms, Waters Road. For more information call project manager Claire Barker on 0117 947 8441.

Meanwhile the Cadbury Heath foodbank being set up jointly by Juice Community Project and the Bristol-based Matthew Tree Project is still looking for a place from which to operate.

Janice Suffolk, from Juice, said:  “We are still looking for permanent premises but are going to change our meeting room in the short term to store the food. We are planning to open in the first week of November but we do now have a food collection bin in our reception for anyone who wants to donate food.”

The donations that foodbanks welcome include teabags, cartons of juice, cereals,  rice, pasta and tins.

To find out more about the Trussell Trust visit www.trusselltrust.org

For more information about the Matthew Tree go to www.thematthewtreeproject.org