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Taunton Foodbank call for donations as Christmas looms
3:20pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
PEOPLE who have already generously supported an appeal to help feed needy families are being asked to help avert a “crisis”.
Taunton Foodbank has been swamped with donations, including almost a tonne of food in one day from churches, schools and private donors.
It means the organisation has already helped 120 people since opening in July and has stocks for the winter when there is likely to be an increase in demand.
Keith Whittaker, of Taunton Foodbank, said: “It was great to see so many people supporting our work, but our fear is that rises in food and fuel bills could force more people into a crisis where they can’t afford to eat.”
Food parcels with enough for at least three days are handed out to people who have received signed vouchers from professionals such as health or social workers, or staff in education, who know there is a need.
Recipients have usually had a sudden change in circumstances, such as serious illness, and have insufficient income to support themselves.
Mr Whittaker said: “We anticipate an increase in demand and are looking at ways we can support other Foodbanks wanting to start up around Taunton, so we need people to continue to donate.”
To donate food, go to the next collection at Sainsbury’s Hankridge Farm store from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, October 27.
Taunton Foodbank is also looking for volunteers – it needs a secretary, a web editor and warehouse helpers – and cash donations.
Donations can be left at the United Reformed Church in Paul Street from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesdays, and from noon to 2pm on Fridays, or at the offices of MP Jeremy Browne, Masons House, Magdalene Street, Taunton, during office hours.