Foodbank launched for Mansfield and Ashfield

The Joint Forces Alliance (JFA), Community Voluntary Service (CVS) and Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) have united to start up a foodbank in Mansfield and are looking for people to assist with donations (l-r) Anthony Ball, JFA; Annette Harpham, CVS; Jason Rathbone JFA and Stephen Astbury AVA.
The Joint Forces Alliance (JFA), Community Voluntary Service (CVS) and Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) have united to start up a foodbank in Mansfield and are looking for people to assist with donations (l-r) Anthony Ball, JFA; Annette Harpham, CVS; Jason Rathbone JFA and Stephen Astbury AVA.
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A SCHEME to help feed the homeless in Mansfield and Ashfield is being launched between charity groups.

The Joint Forces Alliance (JFA), Community Voluntary Services and Ma’s Cupboard have joined together, to establish a foodbank.

People are being encouraged to take tinned food to drop-off points where it will be collected and then distributed amongst those who need it the most - including the homeless and others in need.

Food has already been collected in at the Joint Forces Alliance headquarters at 36 Wood Street, Mansfield.

The organisation was set up by former serviceman Jason Rathbone to help those leaving the armed forces to adjust to civilian life.

He said there has already been a number of generous donations.

He said: “We have a van so we can travel to pick up.

“It’s not just the homeless needing food , but those living in poverty, the situation is bad at the moment and is possibly going to get worse.

“We have a population of 100,000-plus, and if we can get half of them bringing in one tin a month, that’s 50,000 we’ll have and nobody need go hungry.” Anyone wanting to open a collection point should phone 01623 622274, or email foodbankmansfield@gmail.com