A Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge service providing low-cost surplus food to local families has moved to larger premises as demand continues to grow.
The Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Local The pantry has moved to Trowbridge Close Community Hall in Highbridge, pictured here.
The food pantry is used by more than 50 families each week and aims to reduce the amounts of local food waste while helping those who need it most.
The project is run by volunteers from the Morland Community Hub in Highbridge and Burnham Baptist Church, in partnership with food charity FareShare South West.
Roger Keen of the Morland Community Hub, who is the team leader of the pantry project, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are delighted to have a new license from Homes In Sedgemoor to use the Trowbridge Close Community Hall.”
“This allows us to expand pantry service, meeting a growing need for low-cost food over the coming months. This room offers us more space and a space dedicated to the pantry.
Highbridge Mayor Cllr Lesley Millard recently praised the team during a visit to the pantry over the summer, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: “In these economic times difficulties where some people are struggling with the cost of living, this is an important service. . I thank the team for their absolutely wonderful work.
The group offers a membership scheme to local residents at a weekly cost of £3.50 which provides a selection of 10-15 food items each week to prevent perfectly good food from going to waste whilst saving money for families on food bills.
Local opening hours Pantry are Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of local products such as vegetables are welcome. The pantry is also funded by Somerset County Council and supported by Sedgemoor District Council.