The Andover Food Bank was officially launched today. It is an Ecumenical Christian Charity, set up to help the needy in Andover.
"The charity provides help in the form of Emergency Food Boxes, which are given to those who have a short-term crisis and find themselves without the means to buy food."
"The food, which lasts for three days, is given with a coffee and an oportunity to chat about the underlying problems. It is built on a successful model, up and running in Salisbury; and the relevant statutory and voluntary agencies in Andover have confirmed that there is the need for one here."
The idea was the brainchild of Andover resident Patrick Lavelle and, with a small team comprising Mollie Antrobus, Christopher and Jane Howard and Patrick Everard, they have put together the funding and logistic support for the project. It is run entirely by volunteers, with some 80 people helping out. Over a ton of food has been collected to date, and there will be guaranteed use by the Night Shelter run by Two Saints, so there is no question of any food going past its sell-by date.
Speaking at the launch Sir George that everyone was well aware of the problems in the Third World, but there were also difficulties on our own doorstep when families simply ran out of money for food. "By linking the emergency packs to advice from the voluntary and statutory agencies, the Food Centre will address the causes as well as the symptoms of hardship. We all know that Andover is a prosperous and expanding town; but it should also be a friendly and Christian town, helping those who fall on hard times. This project will do just that."
In the picture, from left to right, are Christopher Howard, Mollie Antrobus, Patrick Lavelle, GY with Oscar Young, Aurelia Young, Monseigneur Vincent Harvey, The Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Peter Boulton,Teresa Lynam, Fr Des Connolly, and Ian Cornford
With thanks to Jane Howard for the photo