October 12, 2017
"A real eye-opener" - Mayor visits Burnham and Highbridge Foodbank

Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has been praised by the town's Mayor during an 'eye opening' visit to the group this week.

The town's Foodbank has seen a surge in demand during recent months and organisers often find that local need out-strips supply of food lines.

Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock said his visit to the Burnham-On-Sea Foodbank at the town's Methodist Church this week had been a "real eye-opener."

He told "The scale of the need locally has been a real eye-opener for me, the biggest since I became Mayor earlier in the year."

"I never realised how many local people rely on the Foodbank - it's well over 145 families."

"Fortunately there's a great team of 25 volunteers in Burnham who keep the Foodbank running - it's wonderful work that goes on there."

A Foodbank spokesperson said: "We are asking local people to add a few extra non-perishable items into their shop and donate them to the Foodbank to help local families in need."

Donations of non-perishable, in-date food is welcomed - especially milk (longlife or powered), tinned meat and fish, tea bags, instant coffee, fruit juice longlife, sponge pudding tins, custard, tomatoes in tins or cartons, vegetable tins, pasta sauces, fruit tins, pasta / rice, cereals, rice pudding tins, potato tins, instant mash, soup tins and jams.

Donations can be taken to the Methodist Church in Burnham-On-Sea (Tuesday and Saturday 10-12), St John's Church in Highbridge or Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge, or use the drop-off point behind the tills in Burnham's Tesco store.

Pictured: Helpers at the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Foodbank this week with the Mayor and Mayoress during their visit


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