Midhurst foodbank set to open

The Rev Dave Willis
The Rev Dave Willis

A FOODBANK could be set to open in Midhurst by September.

The initiative has been proposed by Midhurst Parish Church, which is inviting all residents to a meeting tonight (Tuesday, June 3) at 7.30pm in the church to discuss the project.

This follows the launch of a foodbank in Petworth, which opened in January and operates from the Petworth United Reform Church in Golden Square.

The Rev David Willis from Midhurst said there was ‘real evidence of need’ for a foodbank in the area.

“We know that nearly 90 people from our town have already been down to the Chichester foodbank to receive crisis support from there, and other folk may have gone to foodbanks 
in neighbouring towns,” he said.

“Our intention is to become a satellite of the Chichester foodbank.

“A foodbank on the Trussell Trust model is a highly-organised and regulated service to those in really desperate need and crisis.

“The service provides a maximum of nine days’ food to those in need in any six-month period, and no more.

“However, all the evidence is that this kind of support is much needed, and helps the recipients to overcome a difficult patch in 
their lives, and an immediate need.

“We plan to establish the foodbank at our offices in St Ann’s Hall in St Ann’s Hill, and 
then later to move the service into the church building itself.”

The target date for starting the service is September, and it will be open one afternoon a week, on a Friday.

People are asked to get involved with the project by becoming a volunteer or supporter – gathering stock or contributing financially. Organisations are also needed to become ‘voucher holders’.