West Somerset Food Cupboard Newsletter - March 2018

Food parcels since the project began in 2007 - 10,455        Food parcels so far this year - 535

Dear Friends,
Many thanks to all of you who have donated goods to us over the last month, and in particular for all the Easter eggs and chocolates which really made a difference to our recipients over the holiday period. One of our local supermarkets also made a collection of Easter eggs for us so we were able to make sure all our boxes had some extras for the holiday weekend.
I have had a few emergency requests over the holidays and it is clear that holiday periods put real pressure on many families, as I have said before. Many struggling families rely on free school meals for their children during term time but when the holidays start it is a huge challenge to make sure the children are eating healthily. Once again this will be a continuing Issue when we get to the long summer holidays, judging by the need we have seen over this holiday.
This month we have been delighted to learn that the Revd Kenneth Cross will be the new incumbent at St. Michael the Archangel Church and I am looking forward to working with him in the future. Kenneth was curate at St. Michael's some years ago and has a really good understanding of the food cupboard's work and mission.
As always I am very grateful to the volunteers who turn up regularly and work so hard to make sure that we have enough boxes and bags packed to go out each week. The number of people receiving help through the food cupboard shows no sign of decreasing at the moment and the volunteers are the ones who make it all possible. They have been working non stop in the run up to Easter making sure that everyone has some extras. I am especially grateful for their willingness to cover for me when I am away. In April I will be going to Zambia with the diocese for two weeks and I know that the food cupboard will continue its normal service in my absence; I am very thankful for that.
Currently we have plenty of pasta, beans and soup but we are regularly running short of tinned fruit, tinned spaghetti, chopped tomatoes, tinned custard and coffee. Thank you again for all your contributions, it makes such a difference to so many people.
Ann Gibbs
Co-ordinator

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