Salvation Army food bank ready for increased demand

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That is the message from volunteers at the Salvation Army food bank in St Helier, that has been set up to deliver emergency food parcels to scores of Islanders as they struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table.

Food donations are being packaged up and sent to Islanders most in need from the Minden Place base of the Salvation Army.

Alice and Richard Nunn, who are leaders at the Salvation Army, are expecting demand to rise in the coming weeks as many Islanders remain unsure about their employment and financial circumstances amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs Nunn said the food bank was for people who need it most, but if you need the assistance, ring the helpline and get help.

She said: ‘People have been really generous donating things and there are no issues with stock or supplies, talks are ongoing between the government and supermarkets regarding that.

‘We’ve had an increase in volunteers coming forward and since we opened the bigger food bank here at the start of the week, we’ve already delivered 50 parcels in two days.

‘That number is only going to increase as people lose their jobs, but we can respond to that demand.’

She added: ‘This is for people who really need it and we all have to come together in this.

‘If you need us, please do not let pride get in your way.

‘If you think you can cope without, please free that food up for other people. Yesterday, a lady I spoke to was worried about how she was going to pay her bills, and when we mentioned about help she said she couldn’t take it.

‘People will not go hungry. We have all got to come together in this.’

Other food banks, such as one at St Vincent de Paul have had to close, and all the food from there has been moved to the central food bank in St Helier.

The Salvation Army is continuing to work with the Grace Trust and other charities during the current crisis.

If you need the help of the food bank and are struggling, call 872270.

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