Foodbank takes its first delivery as volunteers prepare for launch

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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Keynsham’s Foodbank could be ready to hand its first food parcels to those in need by next month.

Volunteers have received 1,000 kilos of food from the 1,800 kilos donated by shoppers at Tesco Keynsham last month and shared with Bath’s Foodbank. On Friday, July 26, the hundreds of tins and packets were taken to the group’s base at Broadlands Academy for storage.

The group is now hoping to hold more collection days this month before the Foodbank’s two distribution points - St Francis’ Church and Victoria Methodist Church - open for service. Foodbank shopping list

Foodbanks give food parcels to people who receive a voucher from a professional such as a social worker or health visitor, by the Citizens Advice Bureau or a council One-Stop Shop. Co-ordinator Alan Hale said: “The Foodbank is open for anyone with the voucher. It is not driven by the fact that you are on benefits – you may well be in work in a low-paid job and the choice is eating or buying shoes for the kids, or if you are pensioner then the choice might be heat or eat.

“We, the foodbank team, our volunteers and clearly from the collection, the people of Keynsham are not going to let people go hungry.”

To get involved, whether you are an individual who can volunteer or a school or business that could help with collections or fundraising, email keynsham foodbank@yahoo.co.uk or ring  0117 983 7923. Non-perishable items needed by the Foodbank include tinned meat or fish, pasta or rice and cereals.

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