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Food bank to take on worker after £3,000 donation by bank

Santander hand over a cheque for £3,000 to the food bank
Santander hand over a cheque for £3,000 to the food bank

A £3,000 donation by Santander Bank will help support a new part-time co-ordinator to take on the increasing administration of Canterbury Food Bank. Growing demand has led the charity to open a second distribution point in Canterbury at All Saints Church in Military Road. Now it is advertising the post and hopes to recruit someone with management skills to coordinate the collection and distribution of food and work with the agencies who nominate food parcel recipients. Director Chrissie Barr says the post is urgently needed to cope with increasing demands on the charity, which already has around 120 volunteers. She said:

“Santander Bank in Canterbury asked its customers which local charity its community fund should support and we were nominated, for which we are very grateful. When the staff visited us, I think they were a bit overwhelmed by what they saw and suggested they wanted to get more involved. We had already discussed what we needed the money for with the bank, and the £3,000 will go towards paying a new coordinator for 20 hours a week. It will be a huge benefit to us to help things run as slickly as possible. Anyone interested can contact me on info@canterburyfoodbank.org.”

Mrs Barr said an increasing number of people were being put in contact with the charity, which is the Kentish Gazette’s chosen good cause. But she feared the planned scrapping of a Government-funded £2.8m social grant, adminstered by Kent County Council would lead to more families in difficulties. The charity has also launched a smartphone app which carry its latest news and what food items it is short of. For iPhone and iPads it can be found at https://itunes.apple/gb/app/foodbank/id8074822869?mt=8. For android users it is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.redemptionmedia.foodbankapp.

Holiday parcels planned for summer break

Canterbury Food Bank is piloting a scheme to help support hard-up parents during the school holidays. Director Chrissie Barr said:

“School holidays can present an added financial stress to parents, especially if they have children who usually receive free meals when at school. We are now trialling a scheme with a number of schools In the district to provide holiday food parcels for those who are struggling. They provide a hot meal for each weekday that the child is at home on holiday and, for some, this Is the only complete meal they will eat. If a school would like to get involved or receive information on how the scheme operates, email us at info@canterburyfoodbank.org.

Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014

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