Food aid appeal

PUBLISHED: 12:48 30 November 2012

Exmouth Mayor cllr John Humphreys and his deputy cllr Bill Nash officially opened the Salvation Army Community Larder this week. Church minister Major Steven Watson and other members of the project are pictured at the launch on Friday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1664-48-12SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Exmouth Mayor cllr John Humphreys and his deputy cllr Bill Nash officially opened the Salvation Army Community Larder this week. Church minister Major Steven Watson and other members of the project are pictured at the launch on Friday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1664-48-12SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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Dignitaries officially opened Exmouth’s Community Larder, which will help feed those in crisis

A community larder to feed those in need in Exmouth was officially opened by the major and deputy mayor, councillors John Humphreys and Bill Nash.

Christians Together in Exmouth started the Exmouth Community Larder to provide emergency food for local people in crisis.

Community larder manager Anthony Bernard said he hoped people in need would get in touch and benefit from the service.

He said: “People can be in work and struggle to feed their families. For whatever reason, people shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help.

“There are people who are nervous about asking for help. We need to connect with those people.”

The group is now appealing for volunteers to help with collecting, delivering and sorting food, plus meeting clients and discussing their needs.

Volunteers delivering food to clients will work in pairs. Car drivers are required and also non-drivers with good people skills.

Help is needed in the backroom, sorting food and checking sell-by dates, plus making up bags of food.

Help is also needed meeting and greeting those using the community larder.

The Exmouth Community Larder is based at the Salvation Army Hall, in Sheppards Row, just off Exeter Road.

It will be open from 2.15pm until 4.15pm on Mondays and on Fridays, providing up to three days’ supplies for people in a food emergency, on presentation of a voucher or recommendation from one of the supporting agencies in town who can help with longer term problems, including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Open Door Centre, Age Concern and others.

● Exmouth Community Larder depends on the continued generosity of churches and others for the supply of non-perishable food and money to purchase supplies. It is entirely staffed by volunteers. Learn more about the service at: www.exmouthlarder.co.uk

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