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Service connects with community through food bank

A food bank scheme supported by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has helped over 800 people in Tendring’s community this year.

ECFRS Community Builder, Les Nicoll, who is chairman of Harwich and District Community Food Bank, confirmed nearly 1,000 emergency parcels have been handed out since April last year.

The figures will be announced at the scheme’s annual general meeting at Dovercourt Fire Station tonight (Tuesday, May 10).

The initiative, which is also supported by local churches and community groups, aims to provide enough ingredients for three days’ meals for a single person, couple or a family. 

Emergency parcels contain tinned, bottled and dried foods along with hygiene items such as toothpaste, soap, toilet rolls and nappies.

The project helps people in Harwich who are referred to the food bank because they facing a genuine crisis and are in need of emergency food aid.

Les said: “We have been reaching out to the most vulnerable people in Tendring’s community by supplying them with daily essentials.

“The project not only makes our communities stronger but also makes them safer because it enables us to also issue home and fire safety advice.

“Like us, the Harwich Community and District Food Bank is a service that saves lives. I would like to thank all those who have helped make this project a success.”

Les also helps run the Winter Warmers scheme in Tendring, which saw over almost 2,000 items of clothing, shoes and bedding being handed to 220 of people in the community over five days this January.

Anyone looking to donate to Harwich and District Community Food Bank can visit 15 places within the community.

For details on the food bank and the locations visit www.harwich-and-district-community-foodbank.org.uk.

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