Festive food appeal as Exmouth larder celebrates
PUBLISHED: 14:44 22 November 2014
Volunteers at Exmouth's food bank have thanked the community for their support as the charity approaches its second birthday.
On November 28, 2012, Exmouth Community Larder opened in the Salvation Army Hall, in Sheppards Row.
The organisation was founded in response to a growing food crisis, with increasingly more families and individuals struggling to put food on the table.
Demand for the larder peaked in the summer of 2013 and again last December; the larder now has about 80 callers per month and serves around 160 people.
And volunteers expect another peak this Christmas.
Anthony Bernard, of the larder, said: “We had a clear idea that something was needed, but nobody was quite sure how it would work.
“But with abundant generosity from local churches and the community, and with support from many agencies helping people in trouble, we are now well established.”
Mr Bernard thanked the community for donations of food during the recent harvest festival period, and he said that they now had more than enough tea, cereal and pasta in stock.
But he said they were relatively short of tinned potatoes, pasta sauces, long-life milk, jam and tinned custard.
He added: “With Christmas coming soon, we are receiving advent calendars to give out. This gives a chocolate treat in many cases, but also reminds us all what Christmas is truly about.
“Last year, we had a glut of mince pies so please go easy on these as they have limited sell-by dates - Christmas puddings last longer.
“We do have to limit ourselves to commercial products that are within best-before or sell-by dates; we cannot give your excellent home-made jams, unfortunately, nor out-of-date products.”
Opening hours are 1pm-3pm on Fridays and 2-4pm on Mondays (or on Tuesday when Monday is a bank holiday) and at Christmas they will be open on Monday, December 22, and December 29, and expect to be open on Boxing Day.
● Please check www.exmouthlarder.co.uk for final confirmation of Boxing Day opening.