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New home needed for Chelmsford Foodbank

16 February 2016

Chelmsford Foodbank warehouse is in need of a new home from the beginning of March following the end of their current lease. 
 
 
With plans progressing for new housing at the former Essex County Council libraries headquarters in Goldlay Gardens in Chelmsford, it is necessary for the short-term agreement between the Council and the Foodbank to come to an end in the coming weeks. 
 
 
With this being the third move in two and a half years, the Foodbank are keen to find a more permanent home. 
 
 
Project Manager, Ruth Leverett, said: “Since Chelmsford Foodbank’s inception in 2012 we have been fortunate to secure premises to use as a warehouse for below commercial rent. This allows more of the money given to the Foodbank to have a direct impact on the people who need our help the most.”
 
 
The projects seeks to provide food parcels with three days of food to local people in crisis and since its start has distributed over 71.5 tonnes of food and fed 5,949 adults and 2,928 children.
 
 
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Housing at Essex County Council, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to support the Foodbank over the past few months, through a lease on our vacant premises.  They have been a good tenant.  However, the long term aim is to develop this site for much-needed housing, and we are now reaching the point where surveys and work taking place will mean it is unsuitable for food storage and so we can no longer make it available.
 
 
“The Foodbank provides a fantastic local service and I do hope an alternative provider comes forward.”
 
 
The requirements for the Foodbank, run by the charity Oasis Church, are for a 3,000 sq ft building in a Chelmsford location where the donated food can be stored and processed into packages for giving to the clients via distribution centres. A small office space is desirable but not essential.
 
 
Anyone who is able to help with this need is asked to contact the Foodbank on 01245 790769 or email info@chelmsford.foodbank.org.uk.