Taunton Deane MP, Jeremy Browne, supported Taunton Foodbank’s first supermarket collection at ASDA, Creechbarrow Road Taunton on Saturday 26 May 2012.
Almost half a tonne of food and essential groceries was collected from shoppers at the store, which has made a good start towards the 3 tonnes Taunton Foodbank need before they can open their distribution centre in July.
Pam Walker, Foodbank Manager said “We were amazed at the generosity of those shopping in ASDA as they were pleased to buy an extra item from the list provided by Foodbank volunteers. This will help us to provide nutritionally balanced food parcels to those who are in need.
Pam added “We still need to collect more food before we can open and are still recruiting volunteers to come and help collect food, sort it and give it out to those in need”
Taunton Foodbank is affiliated to the Trussell Trust which is a Christian organisation which provides food parcels for those who are in crisis, because of a change in their personal circumstances. The Foodbank gives food for three days, which helps people to get back on track and gives time for a longer term solution to be found. The Foodbank is part of Taunton Christians Together and Somerset West Businesses Against Crime “Back on TRACK” programme.
Taunton Foodbank hopes to open its distribution centre at the United Reformed Church, Paul Street, Taunton in July.
If you would like to be a volunteer or support Taunton Foodbank, please contact Pam Walker, the Foodbank Manager on 07761 624 216 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .