New manager for town’s foodbank


Gillingham Foodbank has a new manager. Hannah ‘Han’ Gibbons has decided to step back from managing the foodbank in order to focus on heading up Gillingham Community Church’s Open Door café. Han has been the foodbank manager since its inception in 2011, and has been responsible for co-ordinating its development from a start- up to what it is today.

Neil MacBean, a Gillingham resident who has been volunteering at the Foodbank since 2014, takes on his new post at a time when an increasing number of families are having to cope with a reduced income.

Neil said: “One of my aims is to raise the profile of our foodbank locally and reassure 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.”

If you need help, or if you know of anyone who could do with a bit of support, then email or on 01747 822076 during Foodbank hours (Monday and Thursday mornings).

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