Kettering food bank ‘desperate’ for new home

Kettering's biggest food bank is looking for a new home
Kettering's biggest food bank is looking for a new home

A Kettering food bank which also provides a drop-in for the homeless is looking for a new home after being told to vacate its premises.

St Jude’s Community Project in St Jude’s Court was hit with the bombshell after hearing the building owner, Home Group, wanted to redevelop flats upstairs into a hostel.

The group is searching for a new home and is closing its homeless drop-in on September 18 after being fruitless so far.

And project leader Dave Goddard says while he is annoyed by the decision, staff will do their utmost to continue their service.

He said: “This will have a large impact on the whole community and a number of groups.

“They want us out imminently without giving us any headway and we desperately need somewhere to go.

“One way or another we will endeavour to keep this going through this difficult time.”

A Kettering Council spokesman read: “The St Jude’s premises are owned by the Home Group who require the space currently occupied by the food bank for a new hostel and support service for homeless people in Kettering.

“We understand that the Home Group has been trying to open a dialogue with the food bank for several months in an effort to help them relocate to alternative premises in Kettering but to no avail.

“Although the food bank’s occupation of St Jude’s is a matter between them and the owners of the building, the council welcomes the new facility which will add considerably to services for homeless people in Kettering.”

If you can help with the search for suitable premises call 01536 415495 or 07591 529387.