Food parcels for those in crisis

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 June 2011

The food boxes given out by Foodbank will contain three days-worth of tinned and dried food

The food boxes given out by Foodbank will contain three days-worth of tinned and dried food

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A NEWLY-FORMED charity is looking to give much-needed support to those people in North Somerset who do not know where their next meal is going to come from.

Weston Foodbank has been set up to provide food to those in crisis, or who are unable to provide for their families due to hardship, and will be giving food parcels out of a Weston café.

The project will be launched with a commissioning and information event on June 30 at The Lighthouse Café in Beach Road, and organisers hope it will be up and running in the early weeks of July.

Organiser Ian Fraser says the project, which has been run elsewhere in the UK by the Trussell Trust, will give out parcels to anyone in hardship up to three times a year.

He said: “What this will do in Weston is we will be able to give people who are having a tough time for whatever reason, we can provide them with enough food to keep them going, or feed their family.”

The Foodbank will work with frontline professionals in the town, who can issue food vouchers to people in need. These, in turn, can be exchanged for emergency food boxes, which supply three days-worth of nutritionally-balanced tinned and dried food.

He added: “Many of the people who use the Foodbank have had a change in benefits, or other circumstances, which has left them with less, and unfortunately in the past two years there has been an increase in the number of these people.

“If people have nowhere else to go, then they can collect the food, and it will help them.”

Mr Fraser added that the food used in Foodbank is collected from local supermarkets, where foyer collection’s take place, with customers asked to contribute a single item towards the project.

The commissioning and information event at The Lighthouse Café will start at 10am on June 30, with different seminars and information sessions running throughout the day.

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