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Stowmarket foodbank receives delivery of much-needed 40ft container




The demand for foodbanks after the Covid-19 pandemic has seen one Suffolk foodbank take delivery of a 40ft container to help store items.

Several foodbanks saw a huge increase in demand at the height of the pandemic, and Stowmarket Area and Foodbank had to move to help manage the demand.

The organisation, which is run by Mike Smith, moved from Hillside Community Centre to a farm building in the south of the town.

Mike Smith, volunteer and organiser at Stowmarket & Area Foodbank. Picture: Stowmarket & Area Foodbank
Mike Smith, volunteer and organiser at Stowmarket & Area Foodbank. Picture: Stowmarket & Area Foodbank

The demand for the foodbank has continued following the easing of restrictions, but following a chance meeting at a networking event between Mr Smith and Sarah Manning, managing director of Secure Stores Nationwide, they have now secured a container to help cope with the demand.

Mr Smith said: "Sarah followed up very quickly, and was very easy to talk to. We’d originally asked for a 20-foot container, but they realised there was room for a 40-foot container on the site.

"The customer service was excellent. And we're delighted. The container’s our main store now, and the place where we keep all our longer dated stock. We couldn’t function without it."

People who wish to donate food can find drop-off points at Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Solar, Stowupland Garage.

Co-op stores in Needham Market, Haughley, Elmswell and Woolpit also house drop-off points, as well as local churches and Hillside Community Centre.

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