New roving foodbank set up to help the hungry near Plymouth
A NEW roving food bank scheme in Ivybridge which will provide emergency food parcels to local people in crisis has been given a £1,300 cash boost by councillors.
The Ivybridge Food Bank is similar to the ones already set up in Plymouth and hopes to help those in dire need in outlying villages of Yealmpton, Bittaford, Modbury, Cornwood, Brixton, Ugborough, Sparkwell, Shaugh Prior, Lee Moor and Wotter.
Anyone facing crisis can be referred to the Ivybridge Food Bank by health visitors, the Children's Centre, doctor's surgeries, churches and Social Services.
Each person or family referred is able to access the Food Bank on a maximum of four occasions within one year and will receive three days worth of food per visit.
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The service is entirely staffed by volunteers and food is provided by donations from the public and local supermarkets.
The food parcels are put together following nutritional guidelines put in place by Salisbury-based charity, The Trussell Trust.
South Hams district council councillors Keith Baldry, Tony Barber, Ian Blackler, Basil Cane, Kathy Cuthbert, Bill Hitchins, Louise Jones and David May have all donated between £100 and £400 of their allocated locality budgets, set sums of money that councillors can put towards projects of benefit to the local community.
Cllr Kathy Cuthbert, is a member of the Ivybridge Food Bank steering group.
She said: "We are happy to put money towards such a worthwhile project and offer the council's full support. We praise the initiative of the group of women organising the Food Bank and it will be an invaluable service for families and individuals in crisis.
"The support of the whole community will be essential for the success of this scheme so we do encourage volunteers to get involved."
Anyone interested in helping with the Ivybridge Food Bank is invited to an open meeting at The Evangelical Church on Exeter Road at 7.30pm on November 21.