MORRISONS is donating free food to a community near Taunton to deliver to people who might otherwise go hungry over the winter.

And the Taunton store is also providing a member of staff to cook the meals in the kitchen at Oake Community Centre.

The fortnightly initiative sees Morrisons community champion Kath West teaming up with village agent Christine Brewer, whose husband is delivering the meals.

Kath said: "I am thrilled to be part of this professionally with my role at Morrisons, but also personally, cooking meals for people in my local community.

"We want to be able to deliver hot meals to those in need throughout the difficult winter months and hopefully make people’s lives a little easier."

Keeley Rudd, chief executive at the Community Council for Somerset, said: "We would like to extend a huge thank you to Morrisons for making this possible, going over and above with Kath’s commitment to ensure the project’s success.

"This will have a positive impact for communities in and around Oake, and forms part of the bigger Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce, where we are working with many partners like Morrisons and Somerset County Council to increase food security for residents in Somerset."

The Oake Community Kitchen will deliver on Wednesdays and covers Oake, Hillfarrance, Bradford-on-Tone, Cotford St Luke, Halse and Preston Bowyer.

If you would like to help or want to register yourself or someone else for a hot meal delivery, contact Christine Brewer on 07535 276680 or go to Oake Post Office and leave your details and the name of somebody, with their consent, who would appreciate a meal.

Morrisons also has a dedicated trolley in store for toys, chocolates and biscuits, which is being donated to the Community Council for Somerset to put in Christmas boxes for clients in mid-December.