West Somerset Food Cupboard Newsletter, October 2018
Food parcels since the project began in 2007 - 11,410 Food parcels so far this year - 1490
October has been another busy month. We have continued to receive harvest gifts which has been wonderful. We now have fairly full cupboards! However, demand has also been high and so we are using a good quantity of stock each week. I am very grateful to all those of you who have been delivering large quantities of donations to the food cupboard and do so on a regular basis.
As we go into November our thoughts turn towards Christmas and the extra boxes and bags that will be needed. I am already receiving requests from one or two agencies for a number of boxes to distribute in time for Christmas. Apart from the usual items that go into the boxes, at Christmas there are extra items to help clients have a better time over the holiday:
Tins/boxes of sweet and savoury biscuits
Chocolates and sweets
We have plenty of beans, pasta and soup at the moment but we do need fruit juice, potatoes, jam and savoury biscuits And would be grateful for donations of these.
The Quantock Foodbank is now up and running and we are pleased to be working alongside them to meet the needs of a growing number of vulnerable people. As the colder weather sets in I expect the demand to rise further so your donations are all much needed. From the first week in November we will have a facility in Dulverton where some food boxes can be stored so that agencies can access them quickly when the need arises. This is courtesy of Dulverton School and All Saints CofE School in Dulverton and their Headteacher there, Carly Hatch. We are extremely grateful for their offer and interest in the work of the food cupboard.
Thank you all again for your support.
Ann Gibbs, Co-ordinator
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New double doors into the food cupboard improving access and making better use of the space