MIDHURST’S first-ever Foodbank is on target to open on Friday, September 5.
The project is led by Midhurst Parish Church with all the churches in the Midhurst and Easebourne area, including some 25 volunteers.
It is a satellite of Chichester District Trussell Trust Foodbank which has lent support to the project.
It will open on Fridays from 3pm-5pm in St Ann’s Hall in St Ann’s Hill.
Midhurst vicar Dave Willis said: “It will work by people and organisations holding vouchers authorising the release of food supplies to those in crisis need only.
“The voucher holders will include schools, clergy, Social Services, CAB, and health and care professionals.”
“They can then be exchanged for three days supply of food.
“We realise it will be challenging for needy people to ‘cross the threshold’ to us, and we will try our best to make this a respectful and caring experience.
“We know more than 90 people have been to the Chichester foodbank from the Midhurst area, in the past six months and so there is clearly a need in the town.”
He added: “We are grateful to Midhurst Lions for their financial support for the installation of cupboards.
“Thanks also to our voucher holders, and to Budgens and Tesco for agreeing to support the project by having the food bins for anyone wishing to make donations of dry goods, milk, juice, or tins.
“Finally, we need to thank our many volunteers for helping with this crisis need.”
There will be a service of dedication to the work in Midhurst Parish Church on Wednesday, September 3 at 7.30pm.
For enquiries, contact: Foodbank@Midhurstparishchurch.net