A second food bank is to open

Dave Goddard with food donated for the needy in Kettering
Dave Goddard with food donated for the needy in Kettering

A HOMELESS drop-in centre is to open its second food bank to meet the rising demand from people struggling to make ends meet.

St Jude’s Drop-in Centre in Northampton Road, Kettering, which has been handing out up to 50 food parcels a month to families since opening last November, is to open a second food bank at the Grange Methodist Church, Stamford Road, from June 8.

Project leader Dave Goddard said: “I would say that we have seen evidence that there are many individuals and families who are struggling to make their finances stretch, whether they are employed or not.

“Many people have got debts. Sometimes they are paying debts and not feeding themselves.”

Social services and Jobcentre Plus and charities Accommodation Concern and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau refer people such as the homeless, elderly and people on low incomes, but Mr Goddard said no-one in genuine need would be turned away.

Most of the food for the parcels, which are worth about £15, comes from donations from churches in the town. People receiving parcels are asked to make a 50p donation to cover administration costs.

Kettering Safer Community Team has agreed to hand out leaflets with suggested items when on patrol.

Volunteers are planning a second collection event at Sainsbury’s in Kettering after a successful event a couple of months ago.

Mr Goddard, 53, of Eskdaill Street, Kettering, said: “We were surprised by the generosity of Kettering shoppers. They are aware of the situation.”

Parcels are available at St Jude’s between 10am and 2pm everyday and will be available from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Fridays at the methodist church.

For more information call 01536 415495.