Archbishop Justin visits Dover Foodbank and describes how Foodbanks provide ‘boxes of hope’

On Tuesday 15 April, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited Dover Foodbank as part of a series of visits to Christian social action projects and church communities in Dover.

During the visit to the Dover Foodbank packing centre, Archbishop Justin leant a hand sorting collected foodstuffs and spoke to volunteers from local churches involved in the project.

Speaking at the visit, the Archbishop described the reasons for the growth in Foodbanks, as ‘complex’. He went on to describe the difference Foodbanks can make. “I have met people who use Foodbanks as a last resort when there is simply not enough food to feed the family. Often these are working people, who find that the month lasts just a little longer than their money.”

Since opening in October 2013, nearly 900 Foodbank vouchers have been used at the Dover Foodbank by people in crisis.

The Archbishop commented: “Someone using the services of a Foodbank once said to me that the Foodbank not only provides a box of food, but also a box of hope. I am grateful to all the volunteers and all the churches who give time and resources to ensure these valuable services run.”

A report published today by the Trusell Trust, the largest network of Foodbanks in the UK, has stated that over the last year 913,000 people received food parcels for three or more days, up from 347,000 the previous year.

Dover Foodbank operates from two distribution centres, the Beacon in London Road and from the The Ark, Noah’s Ark Road, Dover.

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 Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446, eshepherd@diocant.org

Dover Foodbank http://dover.foodbank.org.uk/

Photo shows:

Archbishop Justin with volunteers at the Dover Foodbank Packing Centre

Archbishop Justin sorting food at the Dover Foodbank Packing Centre.

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