Sidmouth Rotary Club steps in to support.
The planned move by the Food Bank has had to be postponed – and so it remains for the time being at at the Unitarian/Dissenters’ Chapel in All Saints Road:
But its premises are not open at the moment and instead, it is delivering – but supplies are running very low:
Sid Vale food bank appeals for donations as coronavirus pushes up demand
Sidmouth’s food bank is preparing for a rise in demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
It is currently supporting more than 120 people, and co-ordinator Andie Milne said there are enough supplies for the next few days, but not for any longer.
She is appealing for tinned meat, fish and vegetables, fruit juice, rice and noodles. The list of priority items is regularly updated on the food bank’s website and Facebook page.
Donations can also be dropped off at Waitrose, the Co-op, and the Sidford Spar shop.
Ms Milne is expecting a steep rise in demand from individuals and families who have never needed to use the food bank before, and said she will be organising a referral system to make sure they can get help.
Sidmouth Rotary Club has stepped in to support the food bank.
An anonymous donation of £1,000 made to the club has been passed on to Ms Milne, and members have made their own donations amounting to hundreds of pounds more.
President Keith Walton is keen for the Rotary club to be a focal point for the community’s support. Herald readers are invited to send cheques made out to Rotary Club of Sidmouth to Mr Walton at his home address: Wychwood, Sidcliffe, Sidmouth EX10 9QA, and Sidmouth Rotary will pass on the donations to the food bank.