Thetford Foodbank – Thetford Christians Together 

Last year Thetford Foodbank distributed 719 emergency food packages for 1,397 people living in Norfolk in desperate need - 392 of which were children.  This equates to around 13.5 tonnes of food distributed by the team of volunteers.  

Norfolk feeds 5000logo243Thetford Foodbank was launched in October 2011 as a Thetford Christians Together project and is headed up by Liberty Church.  

As well as meeting increasing need within Thetford, the project works with the local church networks to enable Foodbank distribution centres in Watton, Attleborough, and Brandon in Suffolk. Each month the project dispenses around 60 packages within its Norfolk distribution centres.
The warehouse for Thetford Foodbank is based in the old science block of a former high school building, the Charles Burrell Centre, which is now used as a community and business centre.

Ali James, Voluntary Project Manager said: "The Foodbank can only run because of the generous donations received from local churches, schools, community groups and individuals via donation trolleys in supermarkets plus designated donation points around the towns." 


Project: Thetford foodbank
Who: Churches across Thetford, Watton and Attleborough
What: Three-day food parcels for families in crisis
Where: Thetford, Watton and Attleborough plus Brandon in Suffolk
How many: 60 emergency parcels a month (equivalent to 1048 meals)
Contact: Ali James – Voluntary Project Manager at
Facebook: @ThetfordFoodbank

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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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