Food bank delivery service provides more than 1,000 packages in less than a month

A FOOD bank delivery service has supported hundreds of families in Fareham and Gosport during the national lockdown – and has plans to help people celebrate VE Day next week.

By Richard Lemmer
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 8:54 pm

Charity Acts of Kindness took over the supply chains of The Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank at the end of March and has now delivered more than 1,000 food parcels across the area.

The service has seen a ‘60/40’ split between older people and families needing support, according to founder Kerry Snuggs.

She said: ‘We know a lot of older people aren’t part of various Facebook groups and are struggling to access support.

Volunteers at the Acts of Kindness food bank

‘We have received a few messages from people concerned about an older person and found that they have not eaten for a couple of days.’

Sherry Garrett, 67, lives alone and needs to self-isolate due her diabetes – so is dependent on services like Acts of Kindness.

The resident of central Fareham said: ‘I have struggled to get a delivery slot from the supermarkets, and it makes my day when (Acts of Kindness) turn up – they are keeping me going.’

And the support has left her keen to join the group’s 150 volunteers: ‘When we come through this I’m going to volunteer for them because they are such a great gang, and I want to be part of it.’

Kerry Snuggs.

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Anyone looking to support the work through a donation are encouraged to provide UHT milk or toys and craft activities for children, which are in short supply according to Kerry.

She said: ‘We want people to know they are not alone – the help is out there, and they don't need to struggle on alone.’

The service is planning a ‘special treat’ for 300 older people in the community and care homes to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday May 8.

Kerry said: ‘We are working with the Co-op in Warsash to deliver cream tea with scones and jam.

‘We’d love for any local bakeries to get involved.’

Anyone in need of support, including food parcels, a prescription delivery service, or advice regarding other services, can call Acts of Kindness on 07726577761.

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