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Funds boost Corfe Mullen food emergency stocks
A TIMELY funding boost has helped stock the shelves and allow Corfe Mullen emergency food bank to open its doors in time to supply emergency food throughout the winter.
The food bank was set up earlier in the year but due to a lack of suitable space volunteers have only been able to draw on resources from food banks further afield, collecting and delivering supplies to those in need.
However thanks to support from Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual, the necessary funds are now in place to secure the opening of a dedicated store in the village.
Heather Booth, food bank volunteer and customer of Engage Mutual, signed up to their “engage with your community” customer initiative and applied for funding.
Her successful application led to £5,000 worth of financial support which will result in a fully operational foodbank before winter, which is always the most demanding time.
The funding will pay for cleaning, painting, installation of washable flooring and lockable doors, as well as vermin proofing the store.
“It will also provide essential equipment for the store’s day to day running such as computers and telephones.
“Almost 10 per cent of residents in the area live beneath the poverty line, the aim of the food bank is to help and support them through their most difficult times,” said Mrs Booth.
“Funding from Engage Mutual is invaluable, it will mean we can bring the store room up to standard ensuring we can open well before winter, when we are likely to experience most demand for supplies.”
James Ogden, community activation manager at Engage Mutual said: “Foodbanks such as these have seen an increase in demand due to tough economic conditions leading to many living on the breadline.
“We are pleased to be supporting Mrs Booth’s project, as it will provide an essential service to those in need across the area, especially over the winter months.”
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