Daily Bread need grows - project run by volunteers needs a helping hand

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A project run in Bedford to help people in crisis with food and essentials is appealing for help.

The Bread Project, based in Dane Street, opened its first shop in for a day in December 2011 and has opened on a number of days since then - but demand for its services are growing.

Now, as volunteers plan to open over two days in December this year, they welcome donations of food and financial aid.

One of the volunteers,Roy Augustine, said: “The Bread Project is a free food and essential items shop for the less fortunate and those in crisis in our community.

“However, with the increasing demand for services provided by the shop, the opening times were extended in December 2013 to four days.

“This bread project shop allows families and individuals in need, who are referred by various agencies – including government, charity, church groups etc - to stock up on essential food items free of charge.

“Unlike any other agency, The Bread Project minimizes waste, by allowing the shoppers to stock up on items that they personally need, rather than on pre-packed food parcels. The shop stocks mainly non-perishable food items.”

The next shop will be running over two days on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 from 11am until 2pm.

The project is funded mainly by the Victory Centre Church and donations from members of the church, community, colleagues and friends.

When open, the shop is run by volunteers from the community and the church.

Roy added: “The percentage of those who retake the service are very few. People always go away making a decision to give back to the community when their own circumstances improve.

The project is open to all irrespective of circumstances, race, religion and culture. It is currently aimed at those living in Bedford but there are plans to widen its coverage in the near future, setting up a permanent shop that opens on a monthly basis.”

The bread project takes both financial and food donations. Financial donations can be made

by visiting the project’s website at www.thebreadproject.org

Contact the project at: The Bread Project, Second floor, 2 Dane Street (Above the old Dane Street Post Office), Bedford MK40 1AH, email info@thebreadproject.org or call 01234 343 155 or 07848 968 435.