Food bank extended to provide other services

PUBLISHED: 15:45 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:45 05 June 2013

Sue and John Albone, who have helped create the Cheddar Valley Plus food bank.

Sue and John Albone, who have helped create the Cheddar Valley Plus food bank.

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A FOOD bank helping people in crisis will form just one part of a greater support network for people in need of help.

The food bank, now formally named Cheddar Valley Plus, will run alongside other services, including budgeting advice, debt support, IT training and basic cookery classes.

Sue Albone, who is coordinating the scheme, said: “Initially the food bank will be our main focus, serving all those found to be in crisis and in urgent need of short-term support.

“But the food bank is just one element of what is needed in terms of ongoing support for so many members of our communities across the Cheddar Valley area, now and in the future.”

As well as providing support to people in Cheddar and Axbridge, the food bank will extend to the parishes of Winscombe and Sandford, Rowberrow and Shipham, Wedmore, Badgworth, Weare, Cross and Compton Bishop.

The volunteers now need to raise £5,000 for the initial start-up, and are in need of a warehouse facility within Cheddar, Axbridge or Wedmore for storage and distribution.

For more information about how to make a donation, or the plans for Cheddar Valley Plus, contact Sue Albone or Matthew Dumelow at cheddarvalleyfoodbank@gmail.com

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