We need more space – plea from Fareham and Gosport food bank

NEEDS MORE SPACE  Brian Welch at the Fareham Basics Bank. Picture: Paul Jacobs (1421-1)
NEEDS MORE SPACE Brian Welch at the Fareham Basics Bank. Picture: Paul Jacobs (1421-1)
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A FOOD bank is appealing for help as its operations have grown so much in the past year it now needs additional space to store the donations.

The Fareham and Gosport Basic Bank has seen scores of generous donations brought to the centre after a campaign was run in The News.

Many others also contributed, including customers from Sainsbury’s in Broadcut, Nats staff and the Al Mahdi Mosque, near Fareham, as well as countless other schools, churches, groups and individuals.

As the demand for the bank grows, more room is needed to store the stock.

Volunteer Philip Rutt said: ‘The donations are crucial to our success – we don’t think there will be any let up in the demand for our service.

‘We need somewhere to store our stock.

‘Everyone has been donating so generously and we don’t want that to stop. We simply need somewhere to put some food to create the space to run an efficient operation.’

The food bank has increased the volume of people it has helped by more than double since 2011 – a trend it expects will continue.

Mr Rutt added: ‘Having so many donations is a problem we like to have but what we need is some help with storage space – even some strong storage boxes would help with our system.’

Volunteer Brian Welch said: ‘It has been busy. We need stock to keep coming in to us.’

The food bank provides people in a crisis with a week’s worth of food.

These people are referred to the centre by agencies.

The number of those referred to the bank has doubled in the past two years and it helped feed more than 4,000 people in 2013.

The food bank needs somewhere in Fareham that is approximately 20ft by 40ft, which is dry, secure, lockable and vermin-free and that you can drive a car right up to.

If you can help, contact (07709) 962397 or email philip.rutt@tiscali.co.uk.

Or you can call in at the bank in Westbury Road, Fareham.