This week saw more new clients seeking help from Rye Food Bank. Each week the numbers are rising, and food bank staff are keeping a careful watch on stocks of supplies to ensure we can continue to provide support. As a minimum the food bank provides three meals a day for three days to each member of each referred household. This can continue for six weeks, but in practice during the pandemic can go on for longer.
It’s a careful balancing act to ensure enough stock, enough funding, and most importantly enough volunteers to meet demand each week – and thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s call for more muscles.
Food bank manager Chris Emson and all the volunteers are constantly amazed by the level of generous support for those in our community who are experiencing difficulty and the extraordinary numbers of offers of help in response to Rye News was very much appreciated. Bob Harper says “the outcome of the Rye News article is that we are well staffed now, but things change, and we are hoping to develop the food bank initiative in other ways too”. Bob has kept a record of those who offered to help so they can be contacted when the need arises.
Donations needed this week are washing up liquid and simple toiletries especially shampoo, shower gel and soap.
As the food bank now has to follow additional safety precautions that include quarantining stock, monetary donations are more helpful to enable the food bank to buy in packaged items in bulk which require less handling and so are easier to manage.
Contact details for Rye Food Bank
Phone: 07526 349847 or email: email@example.com
We are open at the Baptist hall, behind the church in Cinque Ports Street in Rye on Wednesdays from 9am for donations and the food bank is open from 1pm until 3pm. The Rye Food Bank phone number is not manned all the time, but you can leave a message and we will respond. Email is better and this is monitored several times during the day and in the evening.
Donations make a big difference
Monetary donations can be sent to the Bexhill Food Bank Rye Branch at Barclays Bank, sort code 20-54-25, account number 83501116, through 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.
If you need help from Rye Food Bank, contact Rother District Citizens Advice (CAB) on 01424 215055; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Hastings Advice & Representation Centre (HARC) on 0333 344 0681; email: email@example.com.
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