Thanet Opens its First Food Bank

Thanet Food Link, Thanet’s first food bank, was officially launched yesterday (Tuesday 30th April) at St Paul’s Church, Cliftonville by the Reverend Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership’s Framework.

Speaking at the launch Caroline paid tribute to the partnership initiative between Harvest New Anglican Church, Broadstairs and St. Paul’s Church, Cliftonville stating:

“This is an excellent example of Christianity reaching out to meet community needs. It has been further enhanced by the provision of free warehousing at another Broadstairs Church.”

Donations of non-perishable food have come from a wide range of individuals, churches and organisations, for which Thanet Food Link is most grateful.

The centre will be open for food parcel distributions between 10.30am and 12 noon on Thursday 2nd May.  Food parcels will only be available to people that have been issued with a Thanet Food Link voucher by accredited agencies and organisations.

In the near future, Thanet Food Link plan to open an additional distribution centre in Broadstairs, followed, in due course, by a third outlet in Ramsgate.


For more information please contact:

Paul Trumble, Coordinator for Thanet Food Link – 01843 864924

Debbie Ellisdon, Coordinator for Thanet Food Link – 01843 226832

Notes for Editors

Photos show:              Volunteers from Thanet Food Link

Food being organised at Thanet Food Bank

  • The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Framework is one of five Frameworks within the Diocese of Canterbury. Its purpose is to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Framework has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.