01/04/21: Foodbank awarded £12,500 by Breckland Council

A foodbank which has supported thousands of vulnerable people has been awarded £12,500 by Breckland Council to help the group purchase a new and permanent home.

Thetford Foodbank recently launched an appeal to raise funding, which will be used to achieve their goal of owning its own storage building and expanding their services. The charity is currently based at the Charles Burrell Centre in the town and has a storage warehouse for donations on Napier Place. However, its lease is set to run out at the end of June.

The money from the district council along with other local donations means Thetford Foodbank can take this opportunity to purchase a building currently occupied by the Church of the Nazarene, on Croxton Road, and use this as both their base and warehouse going forward.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Community, Leisure & Culture, commented: "Thetford Foodbank provides tremendous support not only to people in the town but the wider Breckland area and I am delighted we are able to provide funding which will help them secure their long term future and expanded support for local residents."

Phil Williams, Thetford Foodbank organiser, added: "We are blown away at the level of support from Breckland Council and are hopeful our community will rally behind the support they have shown to help us reach our overall £25,000 target, which will help us ensure the building can be accessed by everyone. In doing so, our army of volunteers will be fully equipped to respond to the needs of our community into the future."

To help support Thetford Foodbank reach its final target of £25,000, and fund vital access and interior work to the new building, visit their fundraising page

Last updated: 01/04/2021 14:06:21