Published: 15:04, 28 April 2021
| Updated: 15:40, 28 April 2021
A charity has launched Barry the Mobile Foodbank to help even more families in need.
Hive Hope, based in Northfleet, has bought and kitted out a large van so it can offer a mobile foodbank in addition to its existing service at St Botolph's Church hall.
The service was launched at Age UK in Clarence Row, Gravesend, with an official ribbon cutting by the Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Caller.
Hive Hope is planning to run the mobile foodbank on Mondays between 10.30am and 11.30am at Rose Street, Northfleet.
On Fridays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, the service will be at Copperfield Academy, Northfleet.
And on Saturdays, Barry will be at Age UK NWKent, in Clarence Row, Gravesend, between 2pm and 3pm.
The original foodbank, which already helps about 80 people a week, will continue at St Botolph's church hall on Wednesdays, 11am-1pm.
Trustee Deborah Keys said: "We know there are many people who can’t get to a foodbank or are reluctant to ask for help.
"By taking our foodbank to different locations, we can help more people. The idea is that people can choose their own free food rather than being given a handout, restoring some dignity."
The charity raised money through a JustGiving page to buy a suitable van.
Funds also helped Hive Hope pay for the van's insurance, tax, servicing, fuel, stock and advertising.