Published: October 16, 2012
Donations flood in for new 'foodbank' sevice in Burnham-On-Sea

Bags full of food have been collected in Burnham-On-Sea to help local people suffering severe economic hardship.

The Foodbank is a local organisation, run by residents, in conjunction with local churches in the Burnham-On-Sea area.

It provides emergency food to people who facing real crisis.

On Saturday, food items were collected by St Andrew’s School and St Andrew's Church for the bank, which is currently operating from Burnham Methodist Church.

Reverned Paul Kingdom and John Page are shown picking up some of the items collected after the school's harvest service.

The items are gathered at Burnham Methodist Church where they are weighed and sorted before becoming available for the public.

The Foodbank's aim is to help people through short-term crisis by providing emergency food parcels. Foodbanks also provide support by signposting to other agencies to help combat the long term problem.

Food is given to people in crisis identified by front-line care professionals from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Sedgemoor District Council, Children's Centre and Somerset Floating Support Services.

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