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Faithworks-backed Food Banks – it’s about food… but so much more!

Posted on: 29/04/2021

As we emerge from lockdown, the Food Banks across our area, backed by local charity Faithworks, are demonstrating that they provide much more than just emergency food. Their new Life Centre model offers a wide range of support including budgeting and debt advice, support with housing, community meals and life skills training such as Cooking on a Budget.

Nick Bold, Life Centres Project Manager for Faithworks, said:
“Food is only one small part of what’s necessary to help a household thrive. We all need opportunities to connect with and contribute to our neighbourhoods and that’s what Life Centres are all about”.

Creative solutions that help people thrive are at the heart of the centres, one example being the provision of slow cookers during lockdown last year. This resulted from hearing that one family were surviving on eating cold meals as they could not afford the electricity. Thanks to a range of local funders including Dorset Community Foundation, 40 slow cookers and over 7000, fresh fruit and veg parcels have now been given out by Christchurch, Poole, Wimborne and Blandford Food Banks enabling people to cook nutritious, healthy hot meals on a budget. All of which moves us closer to the local Access to Food Partnership’s vision that “everyone can feed their families enough nutritious food all the time“.

One Mum said:
“Thank you so much for the food and toiletries and the slow cooker. I have spent all afternoon cooking… and the slow cooker is on with the stew which my son will love!… What’s more I have really enjoyed being in the kitchen!”

Gill Payne, Poole Food Bank Manager explained:
“It’s no longer that we just give three days’ worth of food. We will walk alongside people through any problem that they’re having, and for as long as it takes for them to say ‘I can do this now”.

You can find out more about what the Faithworks-backed Life Centres offer on their website




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