Somer Valley Foodbank: Fighting hunger in our local community

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We are part of The Trussell Trust, which was inspired by a passage from the Gospel of Matthew: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”. It has developed mainly through churches concerned with fighting hunger in their local communities.

The Trust provided us with a plan for setting up and running a food bank, from health and safety guidelines, to weighing and recording procedures for donations, to what each food parcel should contain depending on the number of people he has to feed.

People can’t just show up and get food. Clients should be referred by an agency such as social services, health visitors, probation service, social work or schools who have found they need emergency help.

There is a limit to the number of referrals you can get, such as five three-day food parcels per crisis, but that’s just a guideline, not a rule.

The food bank manages ambient food and clients get what they are given from a standard checklist: for a single person, it’s a box of cereal, 500g of rice or pasta, chocolate and cookies, long-life milk, tea bags, juice and cans of soup. , vegetables and so on. Each plot provides a nutritionally balanced diet.

In addition to the food parcel, customers also receive toiletries and household cleaning products, cat and dog food, if we have them in stock.

There is also a “help yourself” table of items that are slightly out of date or items that have been donated but are not recommended for the standard food parcel.

The Somer Valley Foodbank depends on donations from the local community and we have collection bins at local supermarkets and many churches.

Businesses and schools also donate large amounts at seasonal times such as harvest and Christmas.

The donations from the people of this community have been fantastic, as shown by the results of the collection held recently at Tesco, when we collected 1,800 kg of food, that is one hundred and fifty crates of food or three hundred and sixty carrier bags of food!

We are indeed very grateful and want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the local Tesco store for allowing us to organize the collection.

Thanks to his local support, the Somer Valley Foodbank can continue to support people in crisis in this region. Thanks.

The food bank depends on donations from people in this area in order to continue serving those in need. With annual costs of around £9,000 for the use of a warehouse and to keep the van on the road, any donation from the public is hugely appreciated.

If you would like to help Somer Valley Foodbank continue to support people in our area, check their website for an up-to-date list of wanted items: https://somervalley.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/don- food/

To donate money directly to the food bank, visit: https://somervalley.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

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