Food bank opens in Hangleton

Posted On 11 Feb 2015 at 2:34 pm

A weekly food bank has opened in Hangleton and has already fed dozens of people.

The Hangleton and West Blatchington Food Bank aims to provide help for individuals and families who find themselves in crisis or urgent need.

It’s open every Wednesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at St George’s Church Hall, in Court Farm Road, Hove.

It was set up jointly with the neighbouring St Peter’s Church, on the corner of Hangleton Road, Holmes Avenue and Court Farm Road, and the Hangleton and Knoll Project.

St Peter's West Blatchington - picture by The Voice of Hassocks via Wikimedia Commons

St Peter’s West Blatchington – picture by The Voice of Hassocks via Wikimedia Commons

Zoe Smith, the wife of the rector of St Peter’s, Daniel Smith, said: “We’ve set it up a bit like a café.

“We realise it can be difficult for people. They come to us when they’re in really desperate need.

“We have a weekly drop from Fare Share.

“We’re always looking for donations of food.”

Anyone needing help has to be referred by a social worker, doctor, school, church or other professional or community support organisation.

The volunteer-run food bank offers a hot or cold drink and a chat with someone who can point people to the right place for other help.

The food bank started in December and last week it helped 11 local families, feeding 33 people.

It is one of about a dozen across Brighton and Hove. A similar food bank in Portslade is reported to be even busier.

Mrs Smith spoke about the new food bank at the Hangleton and Knoll Health Forum at St Richard’s Church Hall, in Egmont Road, Hove, this morning (Wednesday 11 February).

  1. Rhoda Mathews Reply

    It would be useful to know how to make a regular donation to this excellent project…..

    • I'm Not Worried, And Neither Should You Be! Reply

      Well said: any info please?

    • Zoe Smith Reply

      Hi Rhoda-thankyou it would be great to have your donations, we are particularly short of coffee, sugar and uht milk – if you are able to help us with any of those? You can drop them off between 11.30am-12.30pm on Wednesday at St George’s Church Hall, Court Farm Rd, Hove. Or if that isn’t convenient, drop me an email on HangletonFoodBank@yahoo.com and we can arrange to collect or have them delivered at another time. Many thanks for your support, Zoe Smith

  2. lois pinder Reply

    Good morning Zoe, I work for a large corporate organisation and I put together charity/ volunteer days within the local community.
    Is there any assistance you and your team may require at the moment, were a pretty handy bunch and would love to support this cause. Please may you email me directly at the above address.

    Thank you.

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