Urgent appeal for more foodbank supplies

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 June 2016

Man holding donation box

Man holding donation box

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Weston-super-Mare Foodbank has issued an urgent appeal for food donations and volunteer support to make sure it can keep feeding people living on the poverty line.

The foodbank is about to launch its summer food collection drive, when it will be collecting dried and tinned goods in supermarkets to bolster supplies.

The foodbank provides parcels containing a three-day supply of emergency food to people in need.

These people are referred by a frontline professional, including Citizens’ Advice, housing associations or children’s centres.

In the 2015-16 financial year, the town’s foodbank gave out 3,156 emergency parcels with three days’ worth of food to people in crisis.

After the success of last year’s supermarket drive, called the Neighbourhood Food Collection, the charity will be running a similar scheme this year.

Last summer, customers at the town’s Tesco branch alone donated 1,761kg of food.

This year, donations can be made to the foodbank at Tesco in Station Road from June 20 to July 2.

Foodbank manager Frederique Wigmore said: “Anyone can find themselves in need of a foodbank. Every week we speak to people who never thought they’d face going hungry, but something unexpected happened, an illness, redundancy or the boiler breaking, and they were thrown into crisis.

“We’re glad we can be here to help, but our work can only continue because of the unfailing generosity of the community.

“We’re honestly overwhelmed by the food, money and time people give. Volunteers in particular are the lifeblood of the work we do in helping stop local families going hungry, and the more volunteers we have at the Neighbourhood Food Collection, the more food we can collect.

“We’d love it if you could show us your support this summer.”

Weston Foodbank is currently asking in particular for donations of long-life milk, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, tinned fruit and jam.

People interested in helping should visit www.westonsupermare.foodbank.org.uk or phone 01934 708906.

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