A Food Bank is a place where donated food is distributed to those in need or an emergency.
Many people have been hit by the Coronavirus, the economic downturn, local people are experiencing a crisis that is not their fault such as changes in benefit, debt problems, divorce, sickness, bereavement, redundancy, rising food and fuel prices, low wages all leading to a rise in people turning to a food bank.
To access food vouchers for foods please visit your GP, CAB, the local schools or Social Housing offices.
The Food Bank is still operating during this time of Coronavirus. Food Parcels will be delivered to your doorstep.
We are living through extraordinary times with the impact of Coronavirus in the UK and around the globe.
At the Blandford Food Bank we are taking the UK Government's advice and the advice from Faithworks Wessex to "Stay At Home".
So, until restrictions are lifted, we shall be volunteering our time at home.
Please do not turn up to the Church to expect us to be there.
As guided, we are avoiding face-2-face meetings, but John Cornish can be contacted by email email@example.com or mobile on 07799 516 735 from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Faithworks Wessex manages the Blandford Food Bank and offers a Community Money Advice (CMA) service that offers support to people who have problems paying their bills. CMA follow a process approved by the Financial Conduct Authority and will always keep your information confidential.
If you have got behind on your payments for bills or owe money to banks and other organisations, then we are here to help.
Our trained Personal Budget Coaches and Debt Advisors work with you to prepare a simple budget showing your weekly income and expenses. If you have any unpaid bills then we work out how much you can afford to make repayments.
Your personal budget coach can also check that you are receiving the right level of benefits.
Sometimes your budget coach will refer your case to one of our Debt Advisers who may negotiate with your creditors to find a way of making your repayments more affordable.
Universal Credit is being rolled out in the DT11 post code area.
All new claiments for benefits will now be claiming Universal Credit. The Job Centre Plus is open in Blandford on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help claiments with their benefits and hopefully find work for those who are seeking employment.
If you think we may be able to help you and you want to learn more about how we can get things done then please ask.
Blandford Food Bank,
The Methodist Church,
Or phone: 01258 456 093