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Exmouth Food Bank September 2021 Newsletter 

Welcome back to our clients

The renovations to the Hall are now completed and as planned, the Food Bank opened up to welcome our clients from 7th September. It has been lovely to be able to see people face to face again as they collect their food parcels and to chat to them about any additional needs they may have. 

Just to confirm our new opening days are Tuesdays and Fridays and our opening hours for collections are 1.30pm to 3.00pm. 

Harvest Festival     

Everyone is always so generous with their food donations all year round which means that the Food Bank can continue to support our clients. This is especially so at Harvest Festival when we are fortunate enough to receive extra donations from individuals, schools, churches, businesses and clubs.

A BIG thank you goes to all who have donated so far. If you are still planning to donate to us, we would really appreciate the following items: Longlife milk, long life fruit juice, bottled fruit squash, jars of pasta sauce, tinned vegetables and tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit packet custard mix, packet instant potato mash, noodles, savoury rice, packet pasta in sauce. We are also short of cleaning products.

We have been delighted to be able to respond to requests from schools such as Woodbury Primary School and Littleham Sunday School to attend and talk about the work of the Food Bank and explain how their Harvest Festival donations are used. Over the coming months we plan to do more of this important work.

September totals      

During September we delivered 151 parcels which fed 271 people.

Our numbers have remained consistent during the summer months; however, we now expect demand to increase as people come off the government Furlough scheme. In addition many will be impacted by the loss of the extra £20 Universal credit uplift.

If this applies to you and you need some help, please get in touch to see how we can support you.

Afghan refugees

The Food Bank has been working alongside other local agencies and Exmouth Town Council to support the 12 refugee families that are temporarily staying in the area. Although there was no need for food, it was identified that we could help by providing items such as nappies, baby products and toiletries. We were happy to assist with this and are really grateful for the donations made by our amazing community which are also being used to support local families in need. 

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