New food bank launched in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston

12:34 11 March 2022

Another food bank has opened in Great Yarmouth as the pandemic and rising cost of living sees more and more people unable to cover basic costs.

The Yarmouth and Magdalen Foodbank launched on Thursday March 10 with a grand opening at the Pathway Cafe on Admiralty Road.

The new food bank – which is affiliated with the Trussell Trust – will operate from two centres, a new hub at the Pathway Cafe in Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth and St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Magdalen Square in Gorleston, where the existing food bank joins the new partnership.

Food banks operate on a referral basis with the Pathway Cafe center open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays and the Madeleine center open from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The official opening took place in the presence of the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Borough, Adrian Thompson.

On Thursday, the Mayor of Great Yarmouth officially opened the new food bank at the Pathway Cafe on Admiralty Road.
– Credit: Yarmouth & Magdalen Foodbank

He said: “In an ideal world, food banks wouldn’t be there, but we don’t live in a perfect world and clearly this food bank will serve an important purpose, as food banks in the country already do. arrondissement.

“It’s amazing to see the generosity of local people supporting food banks – and right now how they’re also supporting Ukraine.”

Reverend Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth, said: ‘These times are difficult for everyone and it is important that help is there for people at a time of crisis where to put food on the table is simply not possible.

“We are extremely grateful to all whose generosity made this work possible.”

Reverend Matthew Price, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church in Gorleston, added: “Since the start of the pandemic, our food bank provision has increased significantly.

“As the cost of living rises, we are already seeing an increase in use, but we remain committed to Trussell Trust’s new vision for a UK without the need for food banks. We believe their strategic support will help us will help work towards this end for this area.”

Agencies wishing to be able to refer clients to either center should email [email protected] for details.

Food donations for the food bank can be made at either center during opening hours.

Other food banks in the borough

In Great Yarmouth, the Salvation Army on Tolhouse Street runs a weekly food bank.

GYnet operates a food bank from Sturdee Avenue. For more information, visit their Facebook group – GYnet Emergency Food Donations and Household Goods.

Until recently, Mandalay Wellbeing CIC ran a food bank out of Victoria Arcade. The service has since ended due to lack of funding and the Mandalay premises have moved to the Priory Center on Priory Plain.

The Well Within Gorleston Baptist Church Food Bank on Lowestoft Road is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bradwell’s Pet Chalet cattery also runs a pet food bank with donations to the RSPCA. People can donate by visiting the premises at 53 Lord’s Lane and leaving pet food in the black collection bin outside.

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