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Community centre opens up for food bank
12:00pm Saturday 5th January 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY centre has opened as a new full-time drop-off station for Colchester Food Bank donations.
St John’s and Highwoods Community Centre had originally aimed to accept donations while the food bank prepares to move its food from Big Yellow storage, in Turner Rise, to a new home in Moorside Business Park, by March.
St Luke’s Church, which operates out of the centre, in Highwoods Square, already accepts donations on a Sunday but now kind residents will be able to donate seven days-a-week.
The scheme is being spearheaded by Paul Smith, borough councillor for St John’s.
He said: “I was looking at the food which I had not opened during Christmas and I thought I could eat it, but I didn’t need it.
“I knew the food bank was not going to be taking donations for a while and I thought we could set up a point here and now that it is a full-time one, it is great and I hope a lot of people use it because the food bank is an incredible resource.”
Rev Andrew Fordyce, chairman of trustees of the Colchester Food Bank, added: “I am incredibly grateful to the centre for doing this.”