PETWORTH Area Churches Together (PACT) have set up a foodbank staffed by volunteers from Petworth and the surrounding area.
Many are surprised at the extent of rural poverty, but there are areas in Petworth that fall into the top five per cent of low income households in the nation.
Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days emergency food parcels and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
Frontline care professionals identify people in need and issue a voucher which can be exchanged at the foodbank for three days of nutritionally-balanced, non-perishable food.
Agencies in the Petworth area are still registering, but at present vouchers for those needing help can be obtained from PACT, Kaleidoscope Pre-school, Fittleworth CE Village School, Petworth Children and Family Centre, Petworth Primary School, Duncton Junior School, Graffham Infant School, Liaise (debt counsellors) and Loxwood Medical Practice.
“When we started Chichester Foodbank in September, 2012, we soon became aware of the challenges people faced coming into Chichester to pick up their food parcels from Petworth and surrounding areas. If you cannot afford food you cannot afford to pay the bus fare or petrol to collect the food. We therefore set up a Petworth satellite with PACT to make it easier for people to receive the help they need,” said project manager Joanne Kondabeka.
The Petworth Foodbank is open from 10am–midday every Friday, downstairs at the United Reformed Church.
For more details contact John Riddell or Esther Smitheram at firstname.lastname@example.org or call a lead volunteer on 07501 921617.