Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has appealed for help this week as it runs very short of vital supplies.

The Foodbank has seen unprecedented demand this year and despite a bumper collection just before Christmas, organisers say that need is now out-stripping supply on vital lines.

Foodbank Trustee Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are asking local people to add one or two extra items into their shop and donate them to the Foodbank to help local family in need.”

“At the moment we are running very short of jam, fruit juice, tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, small bags of sugar and any donations of toothpaste and shower gel would be very much appreciated.”

Donations can be taken to St John’s Church in Highbridge or Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge, the Methodist Church in Burnham-On-Sea (which is also open on Saturday mornings) or use the drop-off point behind the tills in Burnham’s Tesco store.

Those who are interested in the Foodbank’s work are invited to attend their AGM on Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm at the Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge. The AGM will review the final usage figures for the year, annual accounts and elect a new Chair.

The Foodbank had a very welcome visitor a few days ago when the team from the RSCPA centre in Brent Knoll donated 72kg of their own surplus food. Volunteer Sonja told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The ‘P’ in RSPCA is all about prevention and there are much loved pets in caring homes whose owners are struggling a little and need some support to feed all members of their family.”

Pictured: Helpers at the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Foodbank