PEOPLE of all faiths are being invited to take part in supporting a new food bank in Harrow.
Churches have been working with the Trussell Trust, voluntary organisations, Harrow Council and Harrow Citizens’ Advice Bureau to set up a much-needed food bank in the borough.
After a positive meeting in December last year, organisers are hoping people in Harrow will help them in the run up to the opening in June.
Jason Bowles, from the Harrow Foodbank Project Group, said: “We are still looking for volunteers and we hope people can come to the meeting to show they are interested. It is going well so far, we have about 10 people on the steering group and another six working with them. At the moment we are making sure the locations are up to standard so are hoping people will donate money at the moment.”
Since January, a group has been working to steer the project, get it registered as a charity, and ensure it has £5,000 in the bank and appointed trustees.
This will be the first food bank in Harrow but there are a growing number across London, including Willesden Food Bank, Scrubs Lane, Willesden.
The food bank will be run from the Holy Trinity church in Wealdstone and St Paul’s in South Harrow.
Although the initiative has been set up by churches, the organisers would like to stress that the food bank will be open to everyone in the community and they are actively seeking engagement from people of all faiths or no faith.
Anyone interested in becoming involved can attend an open meeting on Thursday, March 21, from 7.15pm to 8.30pm, at Holy Trinity Church, Headstone Drive, Wealdstone.
A fundraising musical concert will be held at St Albans church, North Harrow, from 3.30pm, on Sunday, April 21, and tickets are £5.
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If you are interested in donating food get in touch with the group as they are taking donations but do not have the premises fully prepared for large amounts.