Food Bank helps record numbers of struggling local people
Food Bank, which helps feed local people encountering severe economic
hardship, is helping record numbers of struggling people.
Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank is run by volunteers from a number
of churches across the area and has seen a big upsurge in the
numbers of people it helps.
of the organisers, Reverend Andrew Biggs from Burnham Methodist
Church, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have seen
a big increase in the demand for food from people during recent
weeks after a number of recent job losses."
are feeling the pinch and suffering with rising electricity costs
and other bills. Some people who have no income have been really
Food Bank's aim is to help people through short-term crisis by
providing emergency food parcels of non perishable foods which
have been donated by local supermarket shoppers and churchgoers
in the Burnham area.
Biggs added: "Some people who find themselves in a desperate
position don't actually want to come to us due to the stigma of
'scrounging' but they shouldn't feel that way. We're here to help
and to avoid any embarrassment we even supply plain boxes and
bags to take away food."
he stressed that food is only given to people who have been identified
as being in a real crisis by front-line care professionals from
the Citizens Advice Bureau, Sedgemoor District Council, Children's
Centres or other support services.
Bank volunteer Alun Davies, pictured above, says the group is
gearing up for a festive rush. "We are stocking up for a
busy Christmas - it's a busy time for us and we are always looking
for more helpers and volunteers. We are busier than ever so please
do pop along and help."
Food Bank is based at Burnham's Methodist Church in College Street
and is open on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. The service also moves
around the area, including St John's Church in Highbridge on Wednesdays
from 10.00am-11.30am, Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge on Thursdays
from 9.30am-12.00pm and West Huntspill on Friday mornings, and
the Highbridge Asda Pod on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
Food Bank, supported by The Trussell Trust, also provides support
by directing people to other agencies to help combat their long-term