Larder/Foodbank report : April news update
Dear friends of the Exmouth Food Bank,
Our Food Bank relies on the goodwill and support of local people. We can't do this without you! Over 80 per cent of food distributed is donated by you, the public, with your cash making up the balance. That is why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious supply of food. Help us to balance our stock by donating the foods listed on our priority list:
- Tinned Rice Pudding
- Long- Life Juice or Bottles of Squash
- Long-Life Milk
- Tinned Vegetables (eg. Carrots, Peas, Sweetcorn, Mushrooms)
- Packets of Custard
- Boxed, Tinned or Packet Potatoes
- Tinned Fruit (eg. Fruit Cocktail, Pineapple, Peaches)
- Toilet Rolls
We have just started sending out fresh fruit and vegetables and we will see what people like and adapt this over time. We also send out fresh bread with every parcel. Toiletries, feminine hygiene products, nappies, baby formula, cleaning products and pet food are also provided upon request and subject to availability. Just recently we have adapted our family parcels to incorporate a wider choice of foods to allow for making a more varied selection of meals. One of our regular donors has made up bags with everything needed in them to make a meal, for example macaroni cheese. This has been a brilliant initiative and seems to be going down well with clients.
Over the past few weeks we have seen a marked increase in people needing our support, saying the familiar words, "I never imagined I'd need a Food Bank." First time clients have included those made newly redundant in the hospitality sector and awaiting their first universal credit payment. We have seen more families with children needing our help, parents facing increased food bills due to loss of free school meals; families with both parents furloughed and unable to meet their living costs on their reduced income. In March we delivered parcels to 219 families and fed 506 people. Now with the lockdown lifting and children back to school hope is on the horizon. We are so grateful to the local community and to our volunteers for their support. It has been humbling to see so many people working together to serve their neighbours in need. While this has been a terrible time in many ways, the kindness and generosity of the human spirit has been much in evidence - and we have been genuinely moved by your support.
Exmouth Food Bank, 15th April 2021