Food bank helps Sidmouth families in ‘food crisis’

Revered David James, Ian Skinner, and Unitarian church congregation chairman Hugh Barlow

Revered David James, Ian Skinner, and Unitarian church congregation chairman Hugh Barlow

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More than a dozen families have benefitted from a new food bank in Sidmouth since it opened its doors a fortnight ago.

Organisers said despite the town’s reputation as being well-off, there were lots of people living in ‘food crisis’.

The Sid Valley Food Bank opened its doors on December 14, and Annemarie Jones from the project said thanks to donations they have been able to help many of those in need, but is looking forward to taking it forward into the New Year.

She said it will continue to be open every Friday between 1 and 3pm out of the Leigh Browne room, next to the Unitarian Chapel in All Saints Road.

Mrs Jones said lots of families from Sidmouth were already going to the Honiton food bank, which prompted a group of Christians within the Sid Valley to start their own scheme in the town.

She said: “We had already delivered food for three days to six families, and managed to issue a further six boxes for families and individuals that visited us on December 14.”

They provide for anyone in ‘food crisis’, where people have no money too feed themselves, for a minimum of three days.

“People might find themselves in need of emergency food because of a sudden change or stop in income or benefits, an unexpected bill, prolonged illness and even being victims of fraud,” said Annemarie.

“Whatever the reason, no discrimination or judgement will be made to those using the food bank and no charge will be made.”

The service operates on a voucher system and will receive referrals from the likes of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, childcare agencies and churches.

Donations of non-perishable food can be made at churches, schools and local supermarkets within Sidmouth and at the food bank.

For more information about donations to, accessing the food bank or volunteering in Sidmouth, call 07413858335 or e-mail sidvalleyfoodbank@gmail.com.


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