600 use Burnham and Highbridge Food Bank, prompting appeal
and Highbridge Food Bank has helped 644 local people with emergency
food over the past year as it continues to see high demand for
service, which is run by volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge
Churches Together, say economic hardship is behind the growth
the group's AGM on Wednesday evening, the audience heard that
the needs of local people remain high and stocks are running low,
with a new appeal made for food donations.
the past year 644 people were fed by the Foodbank in the past
12 months and these came from wards across Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge
and the surrounding villages," said Chairman Wayne Sadler.
were of all ages and included 449 children aged under 16."
added that every week the Foodbank provides half a tonne of food
to those in need across the local area.
group are also appealing for in-date supplies of the following
items: tinned tomatoes, small jars of coffee, tins of custard,
tins of fruit, long life milk, tins of custard, packets of mash,
tins of rice pudding, tins of carrots, tins of sweetcorn, pasta
sauce, biscuits, plus snacks and chocolates for children.
can be dropped off at Tesco in Burnham-On-Sea, The Methodist Church
in Burnham, and Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge.
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.
Food Bank also provides support by directing people to other agencies
to help combat long-term problems.
Top, burnham Food bank helper Alun Davies and, above, the stock
of supplies given out by the Food Bank