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New Food Bank Charity Link To Help Community

A Bromley-based food bank will be able to help more vulnerable local families and individuals thanks to a new charity link.

Citygate Food Plus has established a partnership with the shopping centre intu Bromley, which will provide opportunities for the charity to expand its support for the local community.

The food bank gives out free food to people who need short-term support for a variety of reasons. While users are waiting for food supplies, the charity also offers help and advice on where they can access additional support and gives people someone to talk to.

The link with intu Bromley will help boost supplies of non-perishable goods using donation points in the centre for visitors to drop off supplies.

Citygate Food Plus was set up in December 2012 to help local people in need, and clients can access three separate grocery packages over a period of three months. It was formed through the Citygate Church on Rectory Road in Beckenham and receives referrals from local organisations, including Carers Bromley.

The charity works to redistribute surplus food that is received from local shops, supermarkets and businesses. They have a four-hour turnaround on fresh goods such as vegetables, bread and dairy products, enabling them to supply users with a wide range of produce.

Do you think food banks such as this one provide a valuable service to the community? Do you feel further support is required for vulnerable people?

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