Mid Norfolk foodbank – Churches Together groups 

The Mid Norfolk foodbank began in 2012 and last year supplied 1,849 emergency three-day food parcels to people in financial crisis across Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham. 

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243The Mid Norfolk foodbank has three distribution centres run mostly by volunteers of the local Churches Together groups in the Mid Norfolk towns of Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham.  Those who access the foodbank are welcome to a drink and a chance to chat as well as redeeming their foodbank voucher for a food parcel. 
The Wellspring Family Centre in Dereham is open on Monday and Friday afternoons between 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  The Swaffham Distribution Centre operates from the Swaffham Baptist Church and is open every Monday from 10am - 12.30pm.  The Fakenham distribution site is based at The Salvation Army and opens on Monday at 11am-1pm and Thursdays at 1pm-3pm.
The foodbank can only operate because of the huge level of community commitment to the cause within the three towns. Supermarkets including Waitrose, the Co-op and Tesco have hosted collections, and donations have been received from many churches and schools in the area as well as RAF Marham.
Project Manager David Pearson said: “We are so grateful for the ongoing support from over 100 local organisations and many individuals which enables us to help those in short term financial crisis locally. Without that support and the commitment from our volunteers we would not be able to be there when people need us. Thank you."


Project: Mid Norfolk Foodbank
Who: Churches Together groups in Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham
What: Free 3-day emergency food parcels
Where: Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham
How many: 180 food parcels each month, equivalent to 1,600 meals per month
Contact: David Pearson at info@midnorfolk.foodbank.org.uk or call 07542 106 107


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Norfolk Feeds 5000 is a research project which aims to establish the extent to which the Christian community across Norfolk is meeting the simple command of Jesus to "feed the hungry".

Christian churches, groups and individuals across Norfolk meet the needs of the hungry and the thirsty every day of the year through foodbanks, free community meals, homeless projects, soup runs, Messy Church and other activities.
A simple survey has been conducted to attempt to quantify the extent to which this is happening and the findings of the survey will be published here, including many of the stories about the projects which feed people throughout Norfolk.
The project is supported by Celebrate Norfolk, Network Norfolk, Christian Aid, the Diocese of Norwich, Good News for Norwich & Norfolk and Bright Map and is named after the Bible story of the Feeding of The 5000.

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