Rugby Foodbank to be opened

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RUGBY’s first foodbank is set to be opened this Saturday (March 3) by Mark Pawsey MP at 2pm by Asda.

After months of hard work between the Revive group of churches and Hope4, both based in Rugby, the Trussel Trust foodbank will be an invaluable safety net for Rugbeians, well over 12,000 of which live below the poverty line.

Pete Wayman, a senior support worker at Hope4 and the foodbank, said: “This is a much needed facility for our town and has been a long time in the planning. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. On the last collection in February volunteers helped collect over a tonne of food which gives us a total of four tonnes to work with. This is simply a fantastic response by the people of Rugby.”

People in crisis can receive up to three vouchers from a number of agencies such as the Citizens’ Advce Bureau. The vouchers can be exchanged for food parcels to last three days each. Food for those referred to the service will be available from March 19.