The work of Norwich Foodbank and my personal thoughts for Lent 2020.

As it’s Ash Wednesday today and the start of Lent 2020, I’ve been thinking about food.

During Lent, I’m planning to buy extra food and collect for Norwich Foodbank during my weekly family food shop, spending the same amount of money, but less on myself.

For this blog, I have previously spoken to Hannah Worsley, the project manager of Norwich Foodbank and you can read that post here: The Story of Hannah Worsley

Almost exactly a year on, I thought I would update the information with what has happened over the past year.  This post is not about any particular person, but it’s a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers – many fine people – who contribute to Norwich Foodbank.

Norwich Foodbank in numbers:

  • Norwich Foodbank has given out over 12,000 emergency parcels in the past year, up to 31st January 2020
  • That includes food for 4, 524 children.
  • There are now 10 distribution centres in Norwich, listed here: Distribution Centres
  • Now able to refer to Baby Bank Norfolk, a volunteer-run charity who collect donations and have helped over 500 local families, find out more here:  Baby Bank Norfolk


(Images: the lovely ladies Bettina and Doreen make a great cup of tea at the Norwich Foodbank distribution centre at Norwich Central Baptist Church on Duke Street).

How does a Foodbank work?

Norwich Foodbank gives three days of emergency food to individuals and families in crisis. People are referred to Foodbank by local care professionals. They are given a food voucher which is then exchanged at a distribution point for food supplies. They also receive a free drink or hot meal in some places, a listening ear and signposting to other professionals who could help.

Who can receive food parcels?

Anyone who has obtained a food voucher from one of the following organisations: Where to get help

What food is currently needed the most?

  • Long life milk
  • Long life fruit juice
  • Sponge pudding (tinned, long life)
  • Tinned veg, especially carrots, green beans and sweetcorn
  • Tea bags (40s)
  • Tinned meat, corned beef, ham, chicken in sauce
  • Tinned fruit
  • Soap powder, washing gel (small quantities)
  • Deodorants, shampoo, toilet roll

This list is updated regularly and can be checked here: What food do we need?

How you can help:

You could either donate food yourself or give money or arrange a food collection where you work.  There are also opportunities to volunteer, packing boxes, putting together a Christmas hamper or organising an event to raise money.

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Norwich Foodbank directly via:

Address:Norwich Foodbank, Henderson Business Centre, 51 Ivy Road, Norwich, NR5 8BF
Tel: 01603 251733
Instagram: norwichfoodbank

Published by EJHumphries

Writer, journalist, blogger and communications specialist. Mum of three beauties.

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