West Somerset Food Cupboard Newsletter, September 2018
Food parcels since the project began in 2007 - 11,290 Food parcels so far this year - 1370
As September ends we have entered the season of harvest festivals and the food cupboard is benefiting greatly from a huge number of donations. They are all much needed as the demand is as high as ever and as we go into the cooler months we are increasing the number of tins of soup that go into each box. Until recently we were emptying the cupboards on a weekly basis but the harvest gifts have allowed us to build up a greater stock to help us through the next few weeks.
I must say thank you to all those of you who have participated in Harvest collections and have helped to deliver goods to us. It is amazing to see all the baskets and boxes coming in and I am very grateful to everyone who volunteers at the food cupboard on a regular basis. I couldn't manage without them! In the last few weeks I have been invited to join various harvest celebrations which has been a great privilege and joy. I spent a lovely afternoon at Wyndham House and another Sunday at Dulverton and Brushford where I took part in their Harvest services and was treated to lunch as well! I am always pleased to meet those who support the work of the food cupboard.
In addition to all the harvest gifts we have a number of individuals who regularly donate to us and show wonderful generosity in their giving. It is such a pleasure to meet them and hear their stories and I am always grateful when they contact the food cupboard to see what items are most needed.
After the story of the bean mountain last month we have managed to dispose of a large number of cans and beans (although we have had quite a few more donated in the last week or so!). With all the harvest gifts we are fairly well stocked for the time being but we are short of tinned potatoes, jars of pasta sauce, savoury biscuits, jam and litre boxes of fruit juice if anyone is asking.
The Quantock Foodbank will soon be up and running properly and we are looking forward to working with the team over there to the benefit of all in our community. Sadly the need is still great although we have had slightly fewer boxes going out in September, partly due to the new school term starting and children being provided with free school meals once again. As the colder weather sets in I expect the demand to rise again so your donations are all much needed. I am hoping that we will soon have a facility in Dulverton where some food boxes can be stored so that agencies can access them quickly when the need arises.
Ann Gibbs, Co-ordinator
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New double doors into the food cupboard improving access and making better use of the space