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Personal Stories: We need new premises to keep South Belfast Foodbank going

Brenda Johnston volunteers with the South Belfast Foodbank

By Amanda Ferguson

A South Belfast Foodbank volunteer says the group urgently needs new premises in the Ormeau Road area of the city.

The voluntary organisation opened in October and has so far supported more than 200 families.

Brenda Johnston from Saintfield said: "We are a Trussell Trust foodbank, which has a Christian ethos.

"We are operated by volunteers from a wide variety of denominations of local churches and also those of no faith.

"The foodbank is very much more than a place giving out food.

"Earlier this year people were struggling to buy food because their budget was wiped out by school uniforms.

"We help a wide variety of people referred to us by agencies such as St Vincent de Paul, Red Cross, Home Plus, churches, schools, doctors, social workers.

"They include elderly people, homeless people, people coming out of prison and families.

"When clients come we spend time finding the root cause of their problems and direct them to debt groups, mums and tots classes, and if they are lonely suggest events and classes.

"We are desperately in need of storage for our food as our current premises at the Mornington Community Project are due to be renovated and we will no longer be able to keep our food and toiletries there."

If you can help call 077 4333 2489 or visit southbelfast.foodbank.org.uk

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