The efforts of Haverhill Foodbank to provide vital supplies to those in need has received a double boost.
The scheme, which is run as part of REACH Community Projects, has recently been handed £500 from Haverhill Lions Club, while the town’s Sainsbury’s supermarket in Haycocks Road has agreed to set up a permanent collection point for Foodbank donations.
Funds from the Lions Club, raised by the group’s Santa’s Grotto at Sturmer Nurseries and Garden Centre, will be put towards the charity’s client aid.
“This money will come in very handy and be used for unexpected client expenses,” said Ann Merrigan, Foodbank operations manager.
“When we saw the amount of money the Lions were donating we were blown away.”
Phil Cheesmur, club president, said he was very pleased to be able to help support the Haverhill Foodbank.
“They do excellent work supporting local people in times of crisis,” he said.
At present the Foodbank gives out an average of 20 boxes of food a week and has a collection point at Tesco in Cangle Road.
Mrs Merrigan said the link up with another major store could only help the project.
“It is fantastic we now have Sainsbury’s involved as well,” she said.
“We are extremely grateful for the support they are offering and look forward to working with them.”
Mrs Merrigan said the Foodbank was always happy to receive donations of nonperishable items as well as toiletries, including shower gel and razors.
“We really need to get jars and packets, long-life milk and juice and tinned meat and fish,” she said.
“We are quite well stocked for baked beans, pasta and cereal at the moment, but appreciate any donations.”
REACH also offers a debt service, phone and internet access and emotional support.