Food donations wanted to help ‘deprived’ area

A new scheme will be helping those who have to sacrifice food to get by.

A FOODBANK is being set up to help those in need after Bideford was called the most deprived town in Devon by the 2010 Indices of Deprivation.

The scheme will provide foodboxes for those struggling to feed themselves and their families due to redundancy, illness, benefit delay, heating costs, unexpected bills or family breakdowns.

The Bideford Foodbank is scheduled to open in the early summer, and with support from churches and community volunteers, will provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support.

One in five mothers regularly go without food to feed their children, according to a Netmums survey this month, and the Bideford Foodbank is hoping to quash this statistic in the area.

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Before it opens, the foodbank is looking for donations of non-perishable foods such as tinned goods, rice and pasta, and tea and coffee, as well as volunteers to help run the project.

For more information, visit, email or call 07980 420754.

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