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Nourish Foodbank launches Pennies to Plates appeal for Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

by William Mata

Nourish Foodbank launches Pennies to Plates appeal for Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

Nourish Community Foodbank is appealing for support to help feed hundreds of children in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge who may otherwise go hungry this summer. 

The bank has launched their Pennies to Plates campaign, which encourages residents to collect small change in a special paper money box that can be downloaded.

This is the second year the scheme has been run to help families provide a meal for children over the summer holiday. The youngsters would usually receive breakfast or lunch at school. 

Last year Nourish worked with family liaison officers across local schools to identify children who would go without over the holidays.

In total it provided 234 three-day emergency food bags to these families over the holiday period, providing enough food for 2,106 family meals.

This year the charity is hoping to raise more than £6,000. 

Dawn Stanford, Nourish Operations Manager, said: “Almost half of people Nourish helps are children under 18 years of age. 

“But we were surprised at how many families needed our help over the summer because they struggle with the increased cost of feeding children who are no longer benefitting from free school meals or breakfast clubs.” 

Nourish is asking businesses, schools, organisations such as Guides and Brownies, and individuals to help feed hungry children by holding fundraising events or downloading a money box template from its website.