Food Bank helps record numbers of struggling local people
Food Bank, which feeds local people encountering severe economic
hardship, is helping record numbers of struggling residents.
Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank is run by volunteers from across
the area, pictured above, who are currently preparing for
a busy Christmas period.
Food Bank has seen an upsurge in the numbers of people it has
helped this year, according to new figures released this week
the start of April, it has helped 215 children and 383 adults
by providing 2,700 meals.
are big numbers when you consider that last year's total for the
whole year to April was 649, so we are only 51 people away from
this figure with four months to the end of our financial year
in April," said Food Bank Trustee and House Manager Alun
Davies this week.
is a vital service that serves many struggling people in Burnham
and Highbridge's community who are very grateful that we are here
we help are feeling the pinch and are coming to us for a variety
of reasons - often benefit changes, benefit delays and debt. Some
people have no income at all and are really desperate."
we started, we have helped 1,451 people and provided 6,400 meals
- thanks mainly to the kind donations of food from supermarket
shoppers in Burnham and Highbridge," added Alun.
last week we held a collection at Burnham's Tesco store and the
shoppers there gave one tonne of food over three days for which
we are very grateful."
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.
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. The Food Bank also provides support
by directing people to other agencies to help combat long-term
says the group is currently gearing up for a festive rush. "We
are stocking up for a busy Christmas - it's always a very busy
time for us and we're always looking for more helpers. Our team
of 20 will be open through the holiday period except for Christmas
Day and Boxing Day."
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 on other days of the week.