and Highbridge Foodbank busy with rising demand
at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank are helping record numbers
of struggling local families this winter.
Foodbank volunteers, pictured here, have seen an influx of
requests in recent weeks - and Burnham-On-Sea.com went behind the
scenes to see the team at work.
the period from 1st April 2017 to 15th December 2017, the Burnham
and Highbridge Foodbank has helped 765 adults and 400 children aged
18 and under, making a total of 1,165 people - which is a big increase
on the same period last year," Bev Milner Simonds from the
Foodbank told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
the same period last year, we saw 540 adults and 300 under-18s,
making a total of 840 people. A total of 138 food parcels are required
adds: "Christmas won't be coming for some local families in
need, so these food parcels are hugely important to them and we
thank local people for donating items in our local supermarkets."
Davies added: "One lady came along earlier this month and brought
us 80kg of food donations as a thank you to the Foodbank for previously
helping them in difficult situation. It was lovely to see the lady
again and hear that she's back on her feet again."
to the generosity of locals, we received 1.7 tonnes of donations
over three days during our latest collection at Tesco earlier this
month, but we need donations all year-round to meet demand."
Foodbank has a team of 18 helpers and is also in need of more volunteers
- they need to be local people who can give as little as two hours
a week to help sort and stack food donations, or with client facing
work, or collecting food donations.
in at Burnham's Methodist Church on Tuesdays or Saturdays from 10am-12
noon where you can speak with the team upstairs.
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank supports people in need in
Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, Huntspill and nearby villages.
People have to be referred to the Foodbank by registered agencies.