News – 15/04/21
In February of this year we became a registered charity. This gives our organisation a more formal footing and access to some information, grants, etc, that we did not have before. We are always ready to provide support when needed and are well-placed to do so at present, with very good food stocks and a healthy bank balance.
We are now offering current and former food bank clients further support on Tuesday mornings between 10 and 12 at the Youth Centre. You can call in for a cuppa, support and information and in time we will have Citizens Advice officers available for you to talk to. Thanks to Angie Carney and the Salvation Army for organising this.
Currently the demand for food support has reduced and we know that some of our former clients now have improved situations and are able to manage. With the reduction in Covid restrictions the area is very busy with visitors and the shops have reopened. However the many local pubs have yet to reopen and we are still not sure what will happen within the next two months in the hospitality sector.
We are looking for one or two shoppers who can go and buy our fresh food on Friday mornings. If you are interested please apply using the volunteer form on our Volunteers page.
Safety and well-being are our primary concern, and our current restrictions are listed below. These may change at very short notice as the Government reacts to the latest situation.
- Social distancing will continue, and those collecting food will be given appointment times, to avoid the risk of crowding.
- Food will still be delivered to homes for those unable to travel.
- Supporting vulnerable housebound clients via telephone/online communication continues.
- Our donation requests for essential items only continues.
- Stopped fuel assistance. Our financial resources will be used for food purchases.
The Foodbank will always help individuals and families, who are struggling financially, to meet the demands of daily living. We have our own community support team. Also, The Childrens Centre, East Devon District Council, Sid Valley Help, Gateway and many more agencies are available. No-one should be without the help needed to get through this present crisis, however young or old. Our More Help page has contact details for all these organisations.
We usually need regular dry stock essentials. Our Shopping List page shows the main goods we give to our clients, and includes a list of particular shortages. Our Donate Cash page shows ways you can give money if you prefer. As always, we thank you for your help, in whatever form it takes.
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