'Sky is the limit' for charity which feeds the poor

'Sky is the limit' for charity which feeds the poor

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Nicola Hine

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'Sky is the limit' for charity which feeds the poor

'The sky is the limit' for a Maidenhead charity following its move to a brand new office.

Open Kitchen, which provides food and help for people who cannot afford to eat properly, is now based in King Street.

Open Kitchen founder Sue Brett outside the charity's new home

Its new home is being used to store food which has been donated and is dished out as part of its Foodshare project.

Founder Sue Brett described the office as 'ideal'.

"It's right in the town and close to the bus stops," the 49-year-old said.

"It just opens up a whole new scope for us. The sky's the limit."

Volunteers completed the move from the charity's former High Street home over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A planning application has been submitted to the Royal Borough, with whom Open Kitchen has entered into a licence over the new premises, to allow it to distribute food from the new office too.

A decision is due by July 16.

But demand for Foodshare's services continues to rise, with about 80 families now supported by it.

"It's increasing all the time," mum-of-four Sue explained.

"We know that this week we're going to be giving out more again than last week."

When the charity was set up in November 2011 it was giving out approximately 15 bags of food per week.

Six weeks ago this had risen to 120 and last week it distributed 240.

Sue appealed for people to continue to donate non-perishable food items.

"There are so many families coming forward," she said.

"As long as we've got the food coming in we can feed all the families that come to us."

Drop-offs can be made at the King Street office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Alternatively, Quench in Queen Street, the Advertiser's Bell Street office, Co-operative Funeralcare in High Street and Sainsbury's in Providence Place are also accepting donations.

Open Kitchen is always looking for volunteers.

Email susanbrett4@aol.co.uk to help.

See this week's Advertiser for more details of the charity's work.

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