LYME Regis Foodbank has been helping an increasing number of clients since the end of October, with fuel bills, rising food costs and financial insecurity resulting from a lack of seasonal work and the need to isolate being among the most common reasons for people experiencing food insecurity.
LymeForward, which runs the food bank, can provide emergency support if needed and clients can speak to their doctor or healthcare professional, child’s school, housing association or Citizen’s Advice Bureau to obtain a referral to use this service.
As well as store cupboard goods, the food bank provides some fresh food including its own produce grown on an allotment.
Joanna Boyce, Lyme Regis Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “We are always looking for ways to increase the fresh fruit and vegetables we can offer our clients and, as of January, we are including at least one fresh vegetable in our bags, as well as the usual fruit, bread, milk and eggs.
“If you have any ideas or contacts that could help us in this area, please do get in touch.
“We continue to be more than fortunate with the donations we receive and it is wonderful when the very things that we are short of, arrive in a donation box.
“The Christmas period was a very busy one and we put together, wrapped and delivered bags of gifts and Christmas treats for 38 local primary school children in the last week of term.
“Many thanks to our volunteers who put in extra time and a lot of good humour to help with the wrapping! This project was carried out with the support of a grant from the Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee.
“We also delivered 13 Christmas hampers to The Woodroffe School. These hampers contained everything for Christmas Day – breakfast, lunch and tea plus treats and crackers.
“Again, our thanks go to the volunteers for their help in putting together the hampers, the school for their organisation of the delivery and many businesses and individuals who donated items for the hampers.
“Particular mention should go to Lyme Regis Butchers for providing the turkeys, Lyme Regis Community Support for their financial donations and Tom’s Restaurant for a hundred mince pies!
“In the run-up to Christmas, we also held a bingo night at Woodmead Halls and decorated a Christmas Tree at the Baptist Church’s Community Christmas Tree Festival.
“For 2022, we are looking forward to re-starting the Carers Café and also holding events for our volunteers who are amazing people who I am always grateful to for their support, hard work, time and company.”
The Carers Café will relaunch on Thursday, January 20 and will continue on the third Thursday of every month at Lyme Regis Baptist Church, from 11am to 1pm.
If you would like to volunteer with LymeForward, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07742 053 736 and/or visit Unit 1A, St Michael’s Business Centre, Lyme Regis DT73DB, open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am until noon.