OPENING hours at the Bognor Regis Foodbank have more than tripled.
The extended times of the community service came into operation with its recent move into bigger premises.
It is open for a total of 20 hours, from 11am-4pm Tuesdays to Fridays compared to the previous six hours after its launch in May 2012.
Joint co-ordinator Jo Reeves said the move to a former hair salon on the corner of Argyle Road and West Street had boostd the operation.
“The fact we are open for longer means we can offer our clients more of a coffee shop-type setting for them to sit down and relax,” she said.
“We’ve had a very positive reaction to the changes. People have been coming in and saying how nice it is. It also gives us a bit more time to sit down and talk with the clients if they want.”
The Foodbank’s current address also enables its volunteers to operate more efficiently.
“We have probably three times as much space as we did before. We don’t have to store supplies in different places which means our volunteers are not traipsing around,” said Jo.
She said the Foodbank could provide up to 30 clients a day with supplies for three days of meals, depending on the number of people in the household.
The service had been based in the Vineyard Church in Waterloo Square since it began.
But the demand had seen it outgrow those shared premises. The church is still closely involved with the organisation of the Foodbank, which has also benefited from county council support in fitting out its new building.
Supplies of tinned and packet food, such as baked beans and biscuits, continue to be donated by generous residents.
Collections are held regularly at Tesco on Shripney Road and Morrisons on Bedford Street. A collection bin is permanently available at Tesco as well.
The Foodbank has 20 volunteers at its premises and 15 on collections.