New food bank set to be launched in Kirkby

Ashfield Health Village is going to open a food bank drop off and food bank. Pictured is Julie Andrews Practice Liason Manager for NHS Mansfield and Ashfield and Steve Shaw of Ashfield Voluntary Action.
Ashfield Health Village is going to open a food bank drop off and food bank. Pictured is Julie Andrews Practice Liason Manager for NHS Mansfield and Ashfield and Steve Shaw of Ashfield Voluntary Action.

Health chiefs and volunteers are hoping to launch a new food bank and collection point in Kirkby to help meet growing demand for the service.

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group has announced plans to host a food bank collection point at Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby and talks are taking place with voluntary groups.

The CCG and Ashfield Voluntary Action are hosting a ball in September which will help foodbanks in Ashfield, including the new one in Kirkby which is expected to open in the autumn.

Dr Raian Sheikh, who is clinical chair of Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, said: “We recognise there are health inequalities within the areas we serve and that poverty is a major part of that.

“By introducing a food bank from the Ashfield Health Village we hope the centre will become a focal point of help for those who need it to access the range of health services available to them.

“I would urge people who can to support the efforts of the Ashfield Voluntary Action and the CCG and to buy a ticket for the ball which promises to be an excellent night for a very worthy cause.”

The ball is being organised by Steve Shaw from Ashfield Voluntary Action.

He said: “Food banks do an excellent job but it is shameful that people have to rely on them. The stigma of having to ask for food is one that no-one in the UK should have to do.

“The reality of food poverty day in and day out is seen at our food banks and food banks across the country. Having seen it in Ashfield we have been stunned by the depth of difficulty people face.”

There are currently around 40 food banks operating in Nottinghamshire, including one in Sutton and one in Kirkby Woodhouse.

The fundraising ball will take place at Mansfield’s Civic Centre on 14th September.

Tickets cost £30 which includes a three course dinner, tombola, auction and a live band and profits will support the food banks project.

To book tickets call Steve Shaw on Mansfield 555551.