Supermarket’s help for the homeless

A Barnstaple store will be collecting food donations for a local charity to help the homeless.

A SUPERMARKET has teamed up with a local charity to help provide homeless people and those in desperate situations with hot meals.

The Barnstaple Sainsbury’s store will collect food donated from customers for Freedom Social Projects, which works with people through troubled times.

The charity provides hot meals and warm clothing to those affected by drug and alcohol addictions, gambling problems, spiralling debts or unemployment, and in times of immediate crisis.

Alice Westcott, kitchen manager at the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple, said: “We really value the kind support of Sainsbury’s customers.

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“Their donations will help us provide about 250 lunches every week, and we know that for some of our clients, it will be the only proper meal they get all day.”

Stuart Kinghorn, store manager at Sainsbury’s Barnstaple, said: “Our desire is for this store to be at the heart of the community it serves and we are really pleased to have a dedicated collection point for a local charity which makes such a difference to the lives of people here in North Devon.”

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The charity also provides long-term support as well as training and education to help people in difficult situations to integrate back into society.

Phil Noall, project manager, said: “Most people will experience a time in their life when they need help and support. For the majority of us that will be available in the form of family, friends and loved ones.

“Unfortunately for many of our clients this support network simply does not exist, for a variety of reasons. That is where our team at Freedom Social Projects can be on hand to help people face whatever the future holds with hope and confidence.”

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