LYME Regis Foodbank saw a busy year in 2018. Since LymeForward re-opened the service in May, the Foodbank has provided emergency food for 29 adults and 26 children, equivalent to 235 ‘person/weeks’ of food over that time.
LymeForward manager Chris Tipping said: “Without its wonderful team of volunteers, the foodbank would not be possible. Their ‘can do’ attitude and cheerful team spirit is an inspiration.
“Particular thanks are due to Heather Prior, who retired in December having been the key figure in helping to set up the foodbank and working through the initial start-up issues. She will be sorely missed.
“Nor would the foodbank be possible without the generosity of local people and organisations in donating either food or money. This neighbourliness was shown particularly at harvest festival time and over the Christmas period, but has been a constant in keeping the work going over the last nine months. That makes us confident that we can rely on continuing support over the coming year.
“We were particularly touched by local childminder Cathy Cullimore who got in touch with us in November and organised an ‘Advent calendar’ collection with some of the children she looks after, which they delivered (a gift for each day beautifully wrapped) to our Community Lunch at the football club. We hope to work on this inspirational idea with Cathy again in 2019.
“Please do remember the foodbank when you’re out shopping or gazing at your own cupboards. A list of donation points is on the LymeForward website, as is guidance on how to make a financial contribution if you feel that’s the way you’d like to help.”
More information on the foodbank and other LymeForward initiatives is available at www.lymeforward.com/