Churches and schools have generously supported the Somer Valley Foodbank through the Autumn by donating their Harvest Collections. Over 2 tonnes of food has been given which demonstrates the continued support of the community for the work of the Foodbank.

There was also a collection of food at the Tesco store in Midsomer Norton on the last weekend in November. This yielded just over three tonnes of food – including many Christmas goodies which will be supplied as extras for families over the Christmas period.

The Somer Valley Foodbank Project Co-ordinator, Joy Fraser, says:

“The wonderful amount of food we have collected during the autumn means we can generously support families over the Christmas holidays who are struggling to put food on the table.

Benefit changes and delays continue to be the biggest factor leaving people without funds, followed by low income and debt. This is always tough at Christmas time especially for those with families and we hope to be able to spread a little Christmas cheer with the food we can give out.”

People can access food from the Foodbank if they can obtain a voucher from an agency such as the CAB, DHI, Curo, Sirona, P.E.O.P.L.E., health visitors and some schools.

Over the Christmas holidays, the distribution centres, where the vouchers can be exchanged for food, will be open:

  • Monday 22nd December and Monday 29th December at the Salvation Army in Midsomer Norton.
  • Wednesday 24th December and Wednesday 31st December at St Nicholas Church tea-rooms in Radstock.
  • Friday 19th Dec and Friday 2nd January at the Methodist Church in Peasedown St John.

Joy added:  “The level of donations has been so good that we are also able to supply food to two B&NES services who work with families and also to a Health Visitor team in the Somer Valley area, so we really are trying to reach anyone who is likely to go without food this Christmas.

Thanks are due to everyone who has donated food to the Foodbank this autumn. Their generosity means that the Foodbank can also be generous in what can be provided for those in need over the Christmas period.”

For further details about Somer Valley Foodbank contact The Ammerdown Centre: 01761 433709 or visit the Somer Valley Foodbank website: www.somervalley.foodbank.org.uk