'food bank' sevice launches in Highbridge to help people in crisis
new service has been launched in Highbridge to feed local people
suffering severe economic hardship.
Highbridge Area Foodbank is a new local charity, supported by
The Trussell Trust, that is run by local residents from a number
of churches across the Burnham-On-Sea area.
Foodbank provides emergency food donated by shoppers at Highbridge's
Asda store to people who facing real crisis.
Jackson, Chairman of Highbridge Area Foodbank, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been overwhelmed by the public's support for this
initiative and for the way people across our community have donated
food and money to help get the project off the ground."
are delighted to receive this help from Asda and for all the support
they have given us so far. The current economic climate means
more and more people are struggling to put food on the table."
not just people on benefits who are struggling - the rising cost
of living, coupled with wage freezes, redundancies and reduced
hours are having a real impact on local people and we have encountered
people who are genuinely struggling to feed themselves and their
Foodbank's aim 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.
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.
McGregor, store manager at Asda Highbridge, added: "Asda
is committed to helping the local community and we are happy to
have helped Highbridge Area Foodbank with the start-up of this
very important local charity."
Foodbank Trustees Rev Andrew Jackson, Rev Sharon Crossman, Wayne
Sadlier, Julie Jackson-Hales and Nathan (Front)