Deal Area Foodbank launches new mobile service to help families without transportation

Deal Foodbank is launching a new mobile service to help feed families without transportation.

The initiative called Community Matters will start on March 1 and will initially serve the villages of Aylesham and Elvington.

New Community Matters van owned by Deal Area Foodbank to launch March 1

This was made possible by an order for a new large van, funded by a grant from charity The Trussell Trust.

The 3.3 tonne Ford Transit van has been specially modified by a Leicester firm to include racks, shelves, a fridge and freezer, allowing it to function as a mobile food bank.

It will support families without transport and those in villages where public transport is scarce.

Deal Foodbank project coordinator Sheila Ward said: “All of our food banks operate to help and support those who need it most.

“Now, with this mobile service, we will be able to reach those who could not reach us otherwise.”

Inside the new Community Matters van delivering parcels to rural villages
Inside the new Community Matters van delivering parcels to rural villages

The white Community Matters van will visit the Bechange car park on Ackholt Road in Aylesham from 9.30am to 11am on Tuesday and 9.30am to 10.30am on Friday.

He will also attend the Elvington Community Center from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Those who use the service will receive a food parcel containing three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.

They must provide a physical or electronic voucher issued to them and their own transport bags.

For more information or to get a voucher call Bechange Aylesham on 01304 840134 or Citizens Advice Deal on 01304 202442.

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