Forest of Dean foodbank being set up

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The manager of a foodbank being set up in Gloucestershire later this month says he has been heartened by the generosity of people.

Paul Woodward said: "One chap said 'I'm really struggling myself, but here's a tin of something'."

The Forest of Dean's first foodbank is being launched after members of churches around Coleford discovered there was a need for the service.

Food vouchers are being given to those considered in need.

The main reasons for needing a foodbank, Mr Woodward said, were unemployment and that there was "a lot of people doing part-time jobs" so "they're not bringing in as much income as they anticipated".

He said: "People get themselves into debt and crises happen and they don't know where to turn."

He added that one person had donated an entire trolley full of food.

The foodbank is being set up with the help of the Trussell Trust and grants from local organisations.

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