Bank team in Burnham and Highbridge reports rising usage
team that runs Burnham and Highbridge's Food Banks say their service
is being used by an ever-growing number of desperate local people.
service, which is run by volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge
Churches Together, pictured at their AGM this week, say
economic hardship is behind the growth in users.
majority of the people we help are young people in difficulty
with a smaller percentage being over 65," said Reverend Crossman,
who helps to run the Food Bank as part of the Churches Together
of them or their families have encountered benefit changes or
delays, which have left them short of money for essentials. Debt
is also a contributing factor."
"While the majority of the users are from Highbridge, there
are users in the Burnham Central and Burnham North wards plus
local villages in the Burnham area."
total of 909 people were helped locally in 2014/15, this week's
meeting was told. The success of the Food Banks is thanks to the
support of local residents, who have donated a huge 22,529kg of
food over the past three years.
ahead for the next 12 months, the Burnham and Highbridge group
has appointed separate trustees who are focusing on areas such
strategy and operations to manage the day-to-day running of the
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 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,
Schools or other support services. The Food Bank also provides
support by directing people to other agencies to help combat long-term
local Food Banks are based at St John's Church in Highbridge (Wednesdays:
10.00am-11.30am), Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge (Thursdays:
9.30am-12.00pm) and Burnham Methodist Church (Saturdays: 10.00am-12.00pm).