Demontfort Improvement Group and Landport Residents Association are working in partnership with Fare-Share Brighton, to arrange for food donated by supermarkets and caterers in the Brighton area to be distributed to people in need in the Lewes area.
A selection of fresh and dried goods is delivered to two collection points every Monday and a small donation can be made by recipients to help pay for admin costs.
Pearl Zia, the Chair from Demontfort said; “I contacted Fare-share to see if they could set up in Demontfort .They were fantastic in their response and agreed to deliver not just to us but to Landport estate as well and we started our weekly service just before Christmas.
"At the moment a lot of people are using the food bank, which is available to anyone who feels they are in need, on a first come first served basis. However, I think there may be a growing demand and as there is only a certain amount of food available, it may be necessary, in future, to prioritise people who have been referred to us from agencies such as the Children’s Centre.”
Debbie Twitchen, Chair of Landport Residents Association said: “We also have a steady flow of people accessing the food bank, but we are worried that some people feel uncomfortable collecting the food. I would like to assure them that all of our helpers who help with distribution have signed a code of conduct to maintain customer confidentiality.”
Both associations are keen to expand their service and are currently fundraising for new fridge-freezers to store fresh items and to cover admin costs. They are also appealing to local businesses to see if they can help with additional food donations.
If you would like more information please contact Pearl Zia at Demontfort on 07854 223391 or Ruth Tahsin at Landport on 01273 487249 or email email@example.com