West Somerset Food Cupboard Newsletter, December 2018
Food parcels since the project began in 2007 - 11,935 Food parcels so far this year - 1915
This is the last newsletter for 2018. My apologies that it is a little late coming out, I have been catching up with all the extra donations that have arrived in the food cupboard! It has been an absolutely amazing few weeks and we have been overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people in the lead up to Christmas. So many individuals, voluntary groups and businesses have responded to the needs of others that our cupboards are currently full!
December, as ever, was a very busy month. I am very grateful to all the regular volunteers who worked so hard and to all the extras who appeared at the busiest times to help with the Christmas preparations. We have been fully occupied during our sessions in the Food Cupboard packing boxes and bags, making sure that they were all ready to be delivered in the week before Christmas.
As always those who receive the parcels have been very appreciative. We have had many referrals for people who needed help over the Christmas period and the agencies working with us have collected numerous parcels and bags to support them. Over the month of December over 300 boxes and bags have been delivered to clients which is an amazing total and clearly indicative of the need that there is. It is also an increase on the number sent out last Christmas which is a worrying statistic, especially as we now have the Quantock Foodbank in full operation as well.
As I have mentioned the cupboards are currently very full and we really do not have any particular needs for items. I have no doubt that this will change in the next few weeks as we return to normal routine. In the meantime I would be grateful if you could wait for a week or two before bringing in collections of donated goods as we have very little storage space available. It is a very good position to be in as we begin the year. I can only say again how grateful we are to every single one of you who has made a donation over the past year. You really are making a difference!
As we begin 2019 I have a couple of dates booked to speak to community groups about the work we do and I am happy to do more if the opportunity arises.
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New double doors into the food cupboard improving access and making better use of the space