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Charity to set up food bank for poor families
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
A FOOD bank for low-income families and the elderly is being set up in Axminster in response to increased poverty.
The charity behind the initiative estimates that up to 40 families in Axminster and the surrounding area are in “extreme need” of help to put food on the table.
Another 150 families are said to be in “need” of help and up to another 400 families are at “risk” of needing help in the near future.
Formally named Canned Sunshine, the food bank is the brainchild of The Awareness Centre in Axminster.
The figures quoted are supplied by Devon County Council, according to The Awareness Centre.
Work behind the scenes has been going on for some time and the aim is to start the food bank this summer, providing a lifeline for the needy.
Awareness Centre co-ordinator Aynsley Jones said: “The aim of the project is to reach low-income families with food boxes in this economical crisis.
“The project will serve the Axminster area and will be for families on low income or state pension.
“Due to increasing inflation, tax and, more importantly, the lack of social housing in the Axminster area, people are finding they have less to put on the table.
“Young families and the elderly seem to be the hardest hit by this recession.
“The Axminster area is growing with a number of new families entering the area to look for employment. Furthermore, many of the existing families have increasing difficulties financially to support their elderly.
“Canned Sunshine will be an important resource to our target families because we can respond quickly with one of the most important resources these families need - food.”
Those in need will not have to visit The Awareness Centre as food bank application forms will be available soon at the doctors’ surgery, Axminster Library and online at www.awarenesscentre.org.uk
More information about receiving help, sponsoring the project or volunteering for the food bank is available from Aynsley on 01297 32331.
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