Norwich volunteers make 10,000 sandwiches for families
Volunteers at a community center established after a day center closed have helped keep children from going hungry during school vacations by serving more than 10,000 sandwiches in the past 12 months.
A group of more than 20 volunteers from the Silver Road Community Center in Norwich are preparing packed lunches to help parents who would otherwise have been struggling to ensure their children have had enough to eat since July of last year.
This was part of the program to provide food, support and activities to struggling families over the summer vacation, but continued with the program, supported by John Lewis, the Norfolk Community Foundation and a Go Appeal Fund Me which raised almost £ 3,000.
And now Julie Brociek-Coulton, director of the Silver Road-based center, said the volunteer group has gone through 10,000 in terms of sandwiches collected or delivered to parents in need.
She said: “All the volunteers have worked so well together.
“People on leave have helped us a lot and even after people returned to work, many volunteers have helped us with what we have accomplished.
“I just want to thank the volunteers and sponsors who without them and the support of the Silver Road Community Center, none of this would have happened.
Free packed lunches will now be discontinued, but community center volunteers are getting ready to provide Christmas meals and baskets for families and singles and will continue to run the community refrigerator which offers bread and other free items on a Saturday. from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Silver Road Community Center was established after activists fought to prevent the county council from selling the old Silver Rooms day center to a private developer.
The community took care of it with peppercorns rent and created the community center.
A food bank at the center is open Thursday and Saturday, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while there is also a cafe on site as well as a community refrigerator.
Ms Brociek-Coulton said: “We have a lot of people who have donated to the food bank, whether it’s cash or food donations and we would love to receive more donations from people.”
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