THE effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the local community means Lyme Regis Foodbank is under more pressure than ever to help those most in need.
As residents’ income is hit and essential items become harder to source, volunteers from LymeForward’s foodbank have been working around the clock to ensure those struggling have enough to eat.
You can help by donating much-needed essentials to the foodbank by dropping them off at Co-op in Lyme Regis or Uplyme Stores.
Items that are particularly needed this week include tomato pasta sauce, UHT full milk and UHT semi-skimmed milk, packets of biscuits, cream crackers, squash, tins of corned beef, ham and Spam, tinned tuna, packets of microwave rice, tinned meat meals to heat, tinned soup, soap/liquid soap, toilet paper and sweets for Easter.
Volunteers will be handing out food parcels at The Hub on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12noon.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, they will be issuing standard bags that have been pre-prepared. They are also adopting protective measures which may cause a slight delay and ask that those collecting food packages are patient while they endeavour to provide as normal a service as possible.
A spokesperson for the foodbank said: “Following the government’s new announcement we will remain open for the foreseeable future and have put in place all the necessary protective measures to enable you to collect your food safely and quickly.”
Packages are available for those in short-term food crisis who must be referred to the foodbank by one of the official referrers, which includes medical centres. However, in the case of the Citizens Advice Bureau, which is now closed, referrals can be received by phone via 03442 452191
If you have any of the symptoms of the virus and are unable to collect your parcel, email email@example.com or call 01297 445021.
For more details on the foodbank and how to be referred, visit www.lymeforward.com/foodbank or call the above number.