THE Church on the Roundabout, Newport, has celebrated the first anniversary of the Newport Foodbank.
The church, at Coppins Bridge roundabout, held its usual Foodbank session last Friday and, to mark the occasion, shared an anniversary cake.
Tony Murphy, minister for the church, said: "We invited people who had been part of it throughout the first year."
The Isle of Wight Foodbank began 14 months ago in Cowes, with the Newport branch opening two months later.
There are eight branches of the Foodbank across the Island where people can donate food or redeem Foodbank vouchers. Collections are held at many of the Island’s churches and supermarkets, and people can donate directly to the Foodbank warehouse in Cowes.
Foodbank vouchers can be issued at more than 100 different locations, including doctors’ surgeries, health visitors and schools.
Tony said: "It is still very new and it is still the case that people don’t know about it. It is not just for unemployed people — it is for anyone. In one year, we have fulfilled 382 Foodbank vouchers just at our centre. That’s 875 people in one year.
"I would like to say thank you to anyone who has given."
Sainsbury’s, Newport, held a collection for the Isle of Wight Foodbank on Saturday, September 15, and collected 871.4kg of food.
Tanya Blake, PR ambassador for Sainsbury’s, said: "We are so pleased to have the Foodbank charity in our store. It is heart warming to see Islanders helping others in need."
Another collection will be held on Saturday, October 13, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, at Waitrose, East Cowes.
For more information, visit isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk
The Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth is donating part of the £19,000 raised in the Bishop’s Lent Appeal to Foodbanks across the South East, including the Isle of Wight.