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Festive spike in demand for Cambridge foodbank supplies

Supplies ready at Cambridge Foodbank. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Demand for emergency food supplies in Cambridge has seen a festive spike.

Volunteers say it is a particularly busy time of year but throughout the last 12 months they have seen a big increase in the need for help.

Almost 5,000 food boxes were given to people in crisis this year - 13% more adults than the year before and 17% more children.

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New foodbank opens in Cambridgeshire

A new foodbank has been launched in Cambourne to help people who are struggling to afford basic food items.

Based in the reception area of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices the foodbank has already been given soup, pasta, rice, and tinned meat and fruit.

Contributions will be split between Cambridge Foodbank and Huntingdon’s Charity Foodbank in Sawston.

£5000 grant for foodbank

The Cromer & District Foodbank has been awarded a £5,000 grant from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund. The money will be used to meet operational costs, pay for overheads and support volunteers.

The Foodbank’s warehouse and distribution centre are in the hall of the Methodist church in Cromer.

A second distribution centre will open in St Joseph’s RC church hall in Sheringham on 28 November.

Further distribution points are planned for Aylsham, Holt and North Walsham, and Foodbank volunteers will deliver emergency food supplies to the homes of rural clients with transport difficulties.

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Delia to help launch foodbank

Delia Smith Credit: PA

Celebrity chef Delia Smith is due to help launch a foodbank in Stowmarket later today.

It will be based at the town's Community Centre and is the brainchild of a number of local churches. Referral forms for those living on the breadline will be placed around the town