We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Our foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area and supported by North Somerset Council. We are part of the Lighthouse at Weston group of charities.
We have been established within the town since 2011 and have been working with over 150 different agencies that have referred nearly 14,000 people to us during that time.
As a charity we are covered on a national level by the Trussell Trust and on a local level by The Lighthouse at Weston, where we are one of eight projects they oversee.
We receive from the local community and donate to clients up to 40 tonnes of food per year. Our donations come through school and church harvests/ supermarket collections/ permanent collections bins and individuals. We also receive donations of fresh food from local supermarkets. We then give the food back out to those in our town who have fallen into crises.
Today, in Weston-super-Mare, there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crises- redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. There are real people facing real situations and every story is unique.
Clients are referred by frontline agencies via a voucher system. These agencies include schools, doctor’s surgeries, CAB and support/health workers throughout the town. Our aim is to either help prevent things such as family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems. Or give a helping hand up if the crisis has already caused the knock on effects.
Our volunteers will also take time to listen and signpost people to further support if someone is in need. We can also provide basic essentials such as cutlery/ crockery/ bedding/ clothes/ toiletries/ nappies and pet food. We are also in the process of planning to be able to provide other ‘more than food’ projects. The food is a plaster, being able to help with the bigger picture is the next stage of the vision we have for the Weston-super-Mare Foodbank.
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