Foodbank appeals for special scales

The charity that supplies emergency food packs is looking for a set of industrial platform scales to weigh donations.

BIDEFORD Foodbank is appealing to the public for a special set of scales to measure donations.

Volunteer Terry Thorpe said the Foodbank, which is temporarily housed in the High Street, had a great response from its first ever food collection at ASDA Bideford.

“We collected 207kg of food from customers and it was a real success,” she said.

“We have to measure all our donations in weight, and what we really need now is a decent set of platform scales.

“We currently have a set of bathroom and kitchen scales, but these larger, flat-bedded scales will enable us to measure more donations.

“They are the kind of scales that you would normally find used in a more industrial environment.”

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The Foodbank opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm, and provides those in need with a three-day emergency food supply.

Mrs Thorpe continued: “We have had such an amazing response from volunteers that we have been able to open three times a week.

“We have more than 20 helpers now and are always grateful for donations of non perishable food to help those in need.”

For more information contact Bideford Foodbank by calling 07874 206438 or email

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