by Alan Quick
CREDITON Foodbank says it has been “overwhelmed with generous donations” following the urgent appeal for donations highlighted by the “Crediton Courier” last week.
An urgent appeal was issued for donations of food to cope with demand at Crediton Foodbank and already, stocks are nearly full again.
Sue Keogh, the Crediton Foodbank co-ordinator, said last week that stocks of food were "alarmingly low" and added that the "need is rising."
Crediton Foodbank is a Christians Together in Crediton initiative which supports families and individuals struggling to put food on the table in Crediton and its outlying villages.
People are referred and given vouchers by organisations such as the Work Club at Crediton Library, Citizens’ Advice and the Children’s Centre, CHAT (Churches Housing Action Trust) doctors’ surgeries, etc.
The vouchers are exchanged for food and toiletries on Tuesday mornings and Friday evenings at Crediton Congregational Church, where the Crediton Foodbank is located.
The foodbank is always thankful for donations of food and toiletries all-year-round from individuals, church congregations in the area, as well as shoppers at Crediton’s Tesco store at Wellparks, who place donated items in a collection point.
Last Saturday volunteers ran a collection at the Tesco store and Sue reported afterwards that the “amazing generosity of shoppers” and support from Tesco had resulted in 40 large boxes of food being donated.
She said: “It is a credit to the community of Crediton and beyond that donations are coming in so fast.
“It shows people are prepared to help those who may not be in a good place at the moment, the people who need our service, those who are perhaps having a bad spell at this time.
“We cannot thank all who have donated enough.”
In addition, Sue explained that one person had given a cash donation of £200, for which she also expressed sincere thanks.
Previously Sue explained that a total of 146 people were fed from the Foodbank in just two months and its shelves were depleted.
"We would be very grateful for your contributions of non-perishable items which must be in-date.
"Priorities are tinned meat meals, tinned vegetables, soup, baked beans, cook in sauces, tinned fruit and puddings, long life milk and fruit juice, squash, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, sugar, cereals, biscuits, sauces and condiments, jam and other spreads.
"Also, cleaning products, toilet rolls, and toiletries for men and women.
"Many thanks for your continuing support and generosity."
A collection point is located in the Tesco store at Wellparks and if the collection point is not there it is because the Foodbank has sufficient stocks.
There are also collection points at most churches, the "Crediton Courier" office, The Yellow Bookshop, Stevie B’s and directly at Crediton Congregational Church.