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Laptop donation to foodbank helps feed more in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 15:54 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:56 08 October 2014

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Donation will 'make a huge difference'

Bexley’s Foodbanks have received a gift of a laptop thanks to the Council and its IT provider, Steria.

On a recent visit to one of Bexley’s foodbanks, volunteers made a plea to Eileen Pallen, Bexley’s cabinet member for adults services, for IT equipment to help with the day-to-day running of the centres.

She arranged for this request to be passed to Steria, who were happy to help.

Bexley Foodbanks, opened its first centre serving the borough in October 2012. There are now four centres, with a fifth due to open in Bexleyheath on 11 October. They all receive donations from churches and schools and local individuals.

Cllr Pallen said; “The volunteers at the foodbanks do a great job helping the residents of Bexley. I’m delighted that Steria were able to provide a laptop.”

Gillian Bates, foodBank manager said: “The only computer was on its last legs with no funding to repair it. We are so grateful to Steria for their donation. It will make such a huge difference to me.”

Martin Roberts, client director for Steria said: “I am pleased that we were able to help Bexley Foodbank. They provide a great service to people in need across the whole of the borough.”

If you would like to make a donation to one of the borough’s foodbanks, non-perishable foods are always welcome and can be donated at any centre during its opening hours. Financial donations can be made to Avery Hill Charitable Trust.

Foodbank donation suggestions include tinned fruit and vegetables, long life milk and fruit juice, coffee, biscuits, cereal, sponge puddings, instant mashed potato, tinned potatoes, sugar, toilet rolls, and any form of toiletries.

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