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Food bank opened to help Watford families
Watford’s first community-wide foodbank, a charity dedicating to feeding people in a crisis, has officially launched.
Watford foodbank, which is based in Leavesden Green Community Centre, was officially opened by Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill.
The organisation is run on a voucher basis, whereby parcels can be collected by families who are need of an emergency food supply.
The parcels, which provide meals to families for three days, are put together by donations of in-date food from charities, churches and schools.
Steve Bolton, project co-ordinator, said: "I’m delighted that we’ve got this set up.
"Being hungry is dreadful, and it affects your ability to cope with all the other problems you are facing.
"It’s thanks to the generosity of the people of Watford that we have food to be able to help.
"It really is a community effort.
"The launch went really well and there was a very good turnout of people across the community."
The food bank is also looking out for a new warehouse to store food, as the current one it uses closes in February.
Steve added: "If anyone knows somewhere locally where we can store the food, I would love to hear from them".
Sally Russell, who is living in Watford, and offers support to the new food bank online and through donations, said: "We know that many of the people who will use the Food Bank have children, so we make sure we give out enough food for the whole family.
"It’s not right that we have children going hungry in Britain today, and I hope that this will really help to make a difference."
The initiative involves the Watford New Hope Trust, Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy and Watford Community Housing Trust and is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks, and supported by Watford Borough Council.