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Marden Food Bank

The Food Bank is currently situated at Marden School and it is anticipated  to be an ongoing service in our community, as the need for it has become wholly apparent. It will move to the John Banks' Hall as the school holidays commence.  Please see information below.  For the Foodbank to be able to meet families' needs we do need to ask for your continued help. 


Marden Foodbank based at Marden School

Marden Foodbank

IMPORTANT CHANGES AS TO HOW THE FOOD BANK WILL OPERATE DURING THE SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY

As the school will be closed over the summer break the Food Bank will be moving to the   John Banks’ Hall.

The last day of operation at School is Wednesday 15th July.

The Food Bank will be fully operative from the new location from Friday 17th July.

Map

(The John Banks' Hall is highlighted in blue on the above map)

Do not enter the John Banks’ Hall; Food will be available outside the main door. Remember to keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times. Take the food you need and leave. Stay Safe.

Food donations may be left at the John Banks’ Hall during the Food Bank opening hours.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 12 noon.  

To use the Food Bank you must still have a referral from one of the following:

Marden Children's Centre

Your GP (Doctor)

Family Liaison Officer at the School

Your Social Worker


Donations of both food and finance are still increasingly important to the continuation of this service.  Any donations are welcome, but the food/household items that are particularly useful are:

Washing powder/liquid (smaller sizes please so they are easy to carry), Nappies, Baby Milk, Toilet Roll, Pasta, Rice, Cooking Sauces. There is also a collection box at The One Stop Shop in the High Street.  When you shop, please purchase extra items and place in the box. Kathy will collect when it is full.

If you wish and are able to make a financial donation, please contact our Treasurer Jane Lowther click here  or phone 01622 832974 and she will give you the details to make a simple and secure bank transfer. If you can only offer cash - please discuss that with Jane as to how the transaction can be made.

 ……and during this period, have you been getting an online shopping delivery and are wondering what to do with all the carrier bags?  These will be very welcome too at the Foodbank as they are running low on bags to put the food supplies in.  You can leave these at the Foodbank during the hours that it is open or contact Kathy who will be happy to collect them from you at a time convenient to you both.


The Food Bank is currently able to accept goods outside the main school door, during the hours of 10am - 12 noon. Once the Food Bank has moved premises donated goods may be left at the John Banks' Hall during the opening hours of the Food Bank only.



Until the move, the Food Bank at the school will still be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 10am and 12 noon. The last day at the school is 15th July. Please observe social distancing of 2 metres at all times.


In the meantime we thank all villagers, local shops and community initiatives who have made generous donations both financially and in food items to this Food Bank. 


Thank you to all the families in the village who have used/are using the new Foodbank. Thank you for your patience while things were set-up and procedures put in place - and we ask for your patience once more as the Food Bank moves to new premises later this month.  The Church, Parish Council, Children’s Centre and School, who are all jointly involved with this are delighted that you, those families who need it the very most, have been able to utilise the facilities, and that as a community we have been able to help meet your needs. We all hope that you are able to continue to access the supplies available and please remember that there is always someone you can contact to help in these difficult times. Click here


USEFUL TO KNOW:

Kent County Council has launched a helpline called Kent Together. It is a single, convenient point of contact for anyone who is in urgent need of help during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Website:www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether 

Phone:03000 419292