West Somerset Food Cupboard Newsletter, January 2024

Dear friends and supporters of the West Somerset Food Cupboard,

December was incredible! The generosity of so many community groups (including Rotary and Lions), churches, shops and individuals, was heart-warming to say the least, and meant we were able to get 125 standard food parcels plus 120 Christmas treat bags, each with a hand-made Christmas label, out to all who needed them throughout December. We’ve tried to highlight at least some of the group contributions on our /WSfoodcupboard Facebook page; please do have a look. A few are pictured. Please accept our thanks if you contributed in any way.

Sadly, the need doesn’t stop after the festive period and, for the next few months at least, is likely to grow, so if you’d like to continue to support the West Somerset Food Cupboard as we endeavour to ensure that no-one in our community goes hungry, here are some ways that you can help:

Please donate non-perishable food packets, tins, cartons and jars of food via any of our community collection points. The items that we are currently running low on are listed here…

Any non-perishable food items are gratefully received. This month we would really appreciate:

  • Tinned cold meat
  • Small bottles squash
  • Small jars coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned veg/potatoes

The supermarkets all display the current list (updated every month), and yes it is on the door on the way into Tesco, not just on the way out!

Please donate money if you are able. Find out about regular giving…

Please spread the word about the West Somerset Food Cupboard so that people who need help can get it and people who can offer help know how.

The Tuesday Pantry team have taken a well-earned two-week break over Christmas, but supplies were plentiful in the lead up, so everyone was happy. We continue to run this project at capacity and with a long waiting list. We do accept, and are grateful for, donations of fresh, frozen and sometimes homemade produce for the Tuesday Pantry, but only by prior arrangement as we have to consider safe preparation, storage and stock turnover, so please call us first. Thank you for your understanding.

Throughout 2023 the Tuesday Pantry has provided 40 households per week with two bags of groceries (for £3.50), totalling 4000 bags of food. And the Emergency Food provision has supplied 1560 free bags of store cupboard basics (as compared with 1445 in 2022). So, a total of 5560 bags of food have been distributed in the area by the charity in the past 12 months. Your support is very much appreciated as we continue to try to meet the need in 2024.

With best wishes from the West Somerset Food Cupboard team

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