Rev Tracey Ansell, minister of North End Baptist Church, talks about the need for foodbanks in the area
PART of being a Christian is to look after those who are in need.
That’s why churches are so involved in the running of foodbanks across the UK.
In 2014, a million people needed to use the services of a foodbank across the UK, so there are plenty of people out there who need temporary help with the basics.
In Portsmouth, there’s a successful foodbank based at King’s Church in Somers Town.
We wanted to enhance that service by filling a gap when other local foodbanks aren’t available – and to help those who are at work during the day.
Low income families, in insecure jobs and facing high living costs, make up 20 per cent of the overall foodbank users.
So we’ve launched our own foodbank at North End Baptist Church, on Powerscourt Road.
It will help those from this area who were previously having to travel to the south of the city.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will formally open our foodbank at 5pm on Tuesday.
It’s then open from 5pm-6pm each Tuesday.
People do find it very hard to take up the offer given by foodbanks.
The team here are really great at putting people at ease and helping them to relax whilst using the service.
The Lord Mayor will also receive a cheque on our behalf that has been kindly donated by Enterprise Holdings, which has really helped to get it up and running.
Last year, our church also established a free debt and benefits advice centre here, partnering with Frontline to help meet the growing need of families in the area.
It’s a vital work that we are pleased to be involved with.
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