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Neil MacBean, Gillingham Foodbank
The new manager of Gillingham Foodbank, Neil MacBean.

The Gillingham Foodbank now has a new manager.

Current boss Hannah Gibbons has decided to step back from managing the foodbank in order to focus on heading up Gillingham Community Church’s Open Door café.

Hannah will be well known to foodbank users and supporters, having been its manager since it started up in 2011, and has been responsible for co-ordinating its development from a start-up to what it is today.

Stepping into her shoes is Neil MacBean, a Gillingham resident who has been volunteering at the foodbank in a number of roles since 2014.

He takes on his new post at a time when an increasing number of families are having to cope with a reduced income, or face the threat of redundancy.

Neil paid a tribute to his predecessor. ‘Thanks Han for your hard work and dedication, for giving support to so many people in food crises throughout north Dorset and surrounding areas for these past 9 years,’ he said. ‘I look forward to continuing to work closely with Han at Open Door café, the main Foodbank Distribution Centre.’

Neil added: ‘One of my aims is to raise the profile of our foodbank locally and in so doing, reassure those people needing help who wouldn’t normally consider seeking an emergency food parcel, that the Foodbank is here for them too.

‘We at Gillingham Foodbank are ready, willing and able to assist anyone – individuals or families – who would benefit from a little extra help to provide meals. Not only can we offer food parcels but also household necessities, debt advice and additional support to anyone suffering hardship.’

If you need help, or indeed if you know of anyone who could do with a bit of support, then (with their consent) please do contact us either via email [email protected] or during Foodbank hours (Monday and Thursday mornings) by telephone on 01747 822 076. 

Gillingham Foodbank

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