Foodbank re-opens doors

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Volunteer Freddie helps pack the parcels

Following intense preparation to ensure the safety of volunteers, benefactors and clients at Rye Foodbank, and to ensure we conform with government guidelines, the doors of the Baptist church hall were opened again on Wednesday July 8 after lockdown.

Deliveries only has been the normal practice of operation for the past three months, but this has now stopped. But, for those who are unable to travel to collect their food, we can still provide this service thanks to the kind donation of a van from Rye Community Transport with drivers Nicki and Andy and this week we delivered 25 food parcels.

There has been no slowdown in demand.  New referrals are still being made from various agencies, even though some people have been able to return to work.

Chris Emson and the team of volunteers all send a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who donates to Rye Foodbank.  We really appreciate your support and that we are able to keep helping people in very difficult circumstances.

Please keep your donations coming. This week we need soup, pasta sauce, potatoes, meat, rice pudding, custard, sugar, fruit squash and tea and coffee.

Donations of non-perishable, in-date tinned food can be received at the back of the Baptist Church in Cinque Ports Street in Rye on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am until about 2pm and are very welcome.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Bexhill Food Bank Rye Branch at Barclays Bank, sort code 20-54-25, account number 83501116, the Jempson Foundation or cheques to Rye Food Bank c/o 24 North Salts, Rye. if you donate via the Jempson Foundation and are a taxpayer, gift aid can be applied, thereby increasing the value of the donation by 25% at no cost to the donor.

You can contact Rye Food Bank at ryefoodbank@gmail.com.

Pre-packed food parcels ready for collection

Image Credits: Mags Ivatts .

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