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Food bank in need of donations after a busy few weeks

Pastor Tim Shiels (right) has appealed for support from the local community for the Omagh food bank.

AN Omagh pastor is calling on local people to help restock the town’s food bank which has been left depleted following a busy start to the summer.

With demand, particularly from families, hitting higher levels than ever before, Tim Shiels has discovered that stock levels have plummeted and at this busy time of year for the much needed service, he is appealing to the people of Omagh to donate.

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“I went into the store and, to pardon the pun, the cupboard was bare,” he explained. “We do have food, food is coming in and it’s going out, but we need more because we’re seeing an increase in the amount going out and probably a decrease in the amount coming in.”

Anyone in the position to donate can visit www.omaghcommunitychurch.com to find out what foods are required and they can either drop them in the food bank’s trolley at Asda Omagh or bring their goods into Omagh Community Centre, Old Market Place between 9.30am and 12.30pm any Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

“For sustainability purposes we need to balance the amount coming in with how much is going out,” Tim added, pointing out that the service particularly needs pasta sauces and tinned meats, but has plenty of beans and cereal.

“We still have the trolley in Asda and we still have people donating, we just need more of it.

“Maybe it’s the nature of the summer holidays, with people being away that the stock became depleted because of that.

“We find there are certain times of the year, this being one of them, when there’s an increase in people using our food services. We’ve got back to school, for example, which is very expensive for a lot of families and they need that little bit of help.

“Really, we just want to remind people we are here and people can pop in and donate or make use of our services. Anyone who wants to avail of our services or knows someone who needs us, or any organisations who want to partner with us should get in touch,” the community pastor concluded.

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