‘It’s a testament of everyone working together to help’

COMMITTED Debbie Darke, from Waterlooville food bank
COMMITTED Debbie Darke, from Waterlooville food bank
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THE Waterlooville food bank was initially named The Wecock food bank and was set up due to a need arising from people with gaps in their benefits on the Wecock Farm estate.

We were giving out one box of groceries every week to those in need and as the demand grew our store room moved into Living Waters Fellowship, based in Wecock Church.

Over a short period of time the demand for the food boxes had grown, and as the demand grew Waterlooville Baptist Church joined us in partnership.

This enabled the food bank to distribute to the wider community of Waterlooville and then we decided to change the food bank name.

The Waterlooville food bank has developed further to include a number of churches and organisations coming together.

These were Portsmouth City Housing Service in Wecock Farm, Havant Borough Council, St George’s Church, Sacred Heart Church, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn, Hart Plain Church and Rotary Club of Waterlooville.

We have been supported by Asda at Waterlooville and Waitrose. Recently, One Stop convenience stores have started donating to the food bank. We are currently giving out between 10 to 12 boxes a week.

It is a fantastic community effort and a testament to everyone working together to support the local community.

It is run entirely by volunteers.

The food bank is open at Wecock Church, Kite Close, Wecock, on Mondays between 9.30am and 11.30am and Fridays between midday and 2pm when donations can be delivered and food parcels can be collected by people who have been referred.