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A Spennymoor foodbank which has helped nearly 450 people in crisis across the town, is marking its first year in operation.

The foodbank at the St Paul’s Centre Spennymoor is a joint initiative run by volunteers at St Paul’s and Trinity Methodist churches and the Centre itself in conjunction with the County Durham Foodbank.

During the first year, the foodbank has distributed three days of emergency food to 446 people and of that number, 118 were children. Across County Durham, some 15,000 people have received helped during the past year.

The foodbank relies on generous donations of food from the public which can be left at local distribution points, including the Centre and churches.

Maureen Aspey, chair of the St Paul’s Centre said. “In 2015 it is disappointing that we should even be operating a foodbank from the Centre. But sadly as we’ve seen over recent months, the number of people needing short term food supplies is growing and we are determined to do what we can to help.”

To thank those who have supported the foodbank during the past 12 months, the St Paul’s Centre is hosting an open afternoon on Thursday 12th February from 2-4pm. The event will be an opportunity to thank those who have volunteered since it opened and appeal to potential new volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time.

For more information about foodbanks and the difference they make to people’s lives, visit www.durhamfoodbank.org.uk

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