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Foodbanks Set To Open In Easingwold And Thirsk


7:10am 12th July 2013

As more families are being left hungry by benefit changes foodbanks are set to open in Easingwold and Thirsk.

More than a hundred families have been helped by the scheme which currently runs out of Northallerton.

The Northallerton scheme that has been offering food parcels to people with temporary financial problems for the past three months will be in the public eye today.

The Hambleton Foodshare initiative is hosting its first Annual General Meeting – a chance to find out more about the project and meet the volunteers who got it up and running.

Hambleton FoodShare provides a three day food parcel to people in immediate financial crisis -through unemployment, incapacity or a delay in benefit payment. The volunteer-led foodstore is open at the Zion United Reformed Church in Northallerton every Monday between 4pm and 7pm.

Broadacres Housing Association helped establish the scheme as a community partnership with local churches and voluntary groups - as well as Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

To receive emergency food help customers must be able to demonstrate their need, primarily by being referred through an agency or by self-referral. Those agencies include Citizens Advice Bureau, Broadacres Housing Association, Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

The AGM is being held at Broadacres House on Standard Way in Northallerton on July 12 at 10am

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