A number of churches and charities in Limavady are working together to set up an independent food bank for the area, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.
Since May 2013, six local churches and one community group in Limavady had been working alongside the Causeway Foodbank “in the hope of serving them locally in facilitating a distribution centre of the Causeway Foodbank” in the town, said Causeway Foodbank manager, Melanie Gibson.
At a recent meeting between the Causeway Foodbank and the church community in Limavady it was “decided that they wish to move forward together in developing an independent foodbank to meet the needs in their local community”, said Ms Gibson.
“So, it is with a heavy but hopeful heart that Causeway Foodbank will no longer be partnering with the local churches to operate a Trussell Trust distribution centre in Limavady,” said Ms Gibson. “I am excited to see them deciding to continue to work together to bring a provision of food to the community as an independent food bank.”
Ms Gibson said from the three momths from September 2014, the partnership helped 90 people - (44 adults & 46 children) - in the Limavady area in emergency or crisis through the distribution of emergency food packs in conjunction with Limavady St Vincent de Paul & the Salvation Army.
“The St Vincent de Paul was able to assist an additional 60 families and distribute along with the Salvation Army 100 Christmas hampers to families in the Limavady community from the 2.2 tons, food that was collected at the Tesco National Collection weekend in November.”
Ms Gibson added: “We also celebrate that now the church community in Limavady are moving forward to develop and open an independent foodbank in the community where already they have had offers of premises to facilitate a foodbank in the community.”