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Food bank has a new home
12:00pm Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
AFTER feeding more than 1,125 people in the last year, the North Cotswold Food Bank has a spacious new home.
The food bank, which opened in Naunton Baptist Church in December 2011, has moved to a new building in Guiting Power which has been provided by the Guiting Manor Amenity Trust.
Soaring demand during the past year put the small store in the chapel under increasing pressure and thanks to the generosity of residents, the food store is now overflowing with four tonnes of stock.
The 1,000ft secure store, with goods vehicle access, small kitchen and toilet, will accommodate the growing food supply the centre has built up since it opened.
James Milton, food bank manager, said: “There’s much more space to work.
“We’ve been getting huge amounts of food in.
“The public are fantastic and they recognise there’s a need.”
Food bank recipients are typically low income working families who have been hit by an unexpected crisis, reduced earnings, redundancy or benefit delays.
People in need of emergency assistance receive a minimum of three days nonperishable nutritionally balanced food from four churches in the district.
The outlets are in Winchcombe, Bourton, Chipping Campden and Moreton. For details, visit northcotswold.foodbank.org.uk