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As an indication of the growing need, and the willingness of local churches and others to get involved, North west Bristol now has its own foodbank.
The new service was launched in February as a collaborative project between churches in Avonmouth and Kingsweston and the Oasis Brightstowe Community Hub - the academy on the site of the former Portway School in Shirehampton.
Foodbanks exist to meet the practical needs of people who are going through a period of crisis and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. The local foodbank is focusing its efforts on households in Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth.
The north-west Bristol foodbank is open year round at the following times and locations:
St Andrews Church
(buses 41, 41A, 517)
Lawrence Weston Baptist Church
117-119 Long Cross
(buses 40, 517, 518)
The Foodbank is run by a team of volunteers from churches in the North West Bristol area and offers its service free of charge to anyone in need in the community, regardless of their faith.
Food is currently sourced from schools, churches and individuals. Offers of good quality food to be donated can be made via email here.
The Bristol NW Foodbank is part of a national network of 80+ foodbanks, affiliated to the Trussell Trust.
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