Church volunteers across Bath and Wells have been working throughout the half term break to support children and families in their area who struggling with food poverty.
The Quantock Foodbank, which saw the numbers of users increase four-fold during lockdown, have delivered 164 bags of supplies to families across the Quantock area; from Carhampton to Withycombe. Marelene Mason who works at the Quantock Foodbank said:
“We knew half term was going to be a difficult time for families and so we started planning for it weeks ago.
“Each delivery contains dry foods such as pasta, and tinned goods, we also put in fresh fruit and vegetables, things that can help boost immunity. Alongside this we include household goods and toiletries, so that families don’t have to chose between feeding their family and buying essential household goods.
“What’s been amazing are the number of donations to the foodbank. Donations have flooded in, local people and firms have been incredibly generous in donating food and money to support our work. The financial support has allowed us to buy more fresh food and help all those who need it.”
St Michael’s Church in Bath working with Rose Cottage Community Hub, have been giving away lunch box meals to children in the Twerton area and been providing food parcels to anyone who is struggling. They too have been inundated with generous donations from people in the community and local businesses.
Meanwhile members of St Mary’s Church in Timsbury organised a one day, pop up foodbank, again to provide food parcels to local families, setting up a temporary foodbank in the church for anyone who needed help.
Revd Kathryn Flenley, Chair of The Quantock Foodbank speaking about the work of the foodbank in her annual report said:
“The Quantock Foodbank was founded on Christian principles and these continue to guide us in the uncertain times ahead. We hear these words from the book of Revelation which now resonates more strongly, ‘I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.”