Ipswich charity Families in Need (FIND), which provides thousands of food parcels to people in crisis each year, has launched an appeal to raise £100,000 for a new base in Ipswich.
The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star are backing the FIND 50 Lifeline Appeal which is calling for 50 workplaces, schools, groups or individuals to each raise £2,000 in 2018 so the vital work of FIND can continue.
The East of England Co-op, a long-term supporter of the charity, has been working in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council to identify a new location for the food bank and the £100,000 which is needed will help fund the necessary building works.
Genesis PR is giving its services free of charge to run the appeal and Barnes Construction, quantity surveyors Castons, Hoopers Architects and Barker Gotelee solicitors are also working pro bono for FIND.
Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “The Council is very pleased to have helped identify a permanent new home for the charity where it can continue to grow and help people in real need. We wish them every success in their fundraising appeal.”
To run the service a small army of over 100 volunteers work six days per week checking and sorting food, collecting items from local stores, making up the food parcels and delivering them.
The charity helped over 2,000 people in crisis living in Ipswich and the wider community this Christmas.
Cash can be donated at www.findipswich.org.uk/donate