Bank needs more food

NILALM110614E1 - Arena church food bank, from left Food Bank volunteer staff member Debra Hil and Pastor Kristian Thorpe
NILALM110614E1 - Arena church food bank, from left Food Bank volunteer staff member Debra Hil and Pastor Kristian Thorpe

A CHARITY sending out food parcels has told the Advertiser more supplies are needed as demand is rising.

The Arena Church, on Rutland Street, collects supplies and packages them up for families who struggle to afford basics.

But as the charity needs more donations people are handing over less.

Bev Brealey, fundraising co-ordinator for the foodbank, said: “We are starting to struggle with demand at a time when we need more supplies because more families are coming to us for help.

“We appreciate that money is tight for a lot of people right now but just a tin of beans or a bag of pasta can go a long way to helping people who really do have nothing.”

Dave Jones is a tenancy support worker for the charity Action Housing. He said: “The food bank is absolutely vital for a lot of the people I work with.

“I help people who have just come out of prison, people struggling to cope on benefits, people with drug and alcohol addiction and the support provided by the food bank is unbelievable.

“It’s not just about the food parcels, my clients can go there and see a friendly face who isn’t judging them and have a chat and get basic and necessary supplies.

“I can’t say enough good things about it, it’s been so important to so many people.”

The Arena is always on the lookout for local companies and businesses who can make a donation, anyone that can should call 0115 944 6165.

Members of the public can donate by putting grocery items in the trolley at Tesco or by dropping them off at the Arena Church in Rutland Street.