'No reserves except for beans and soup' - Exmouth Community Larder uses its cash reserves to boost low food stocks

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 August 2018

Manager Anthony Bernard pictured in the Exmouth Community Larder. Picture: Simon Horn.

Manager Anthony Bernard pictured in the Exmouth Community Larder. Picture: Simon Horn.

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A lifeline charity helping to feed Exmouth has been forced to spend its cash reserves to fill its emptying shelves because food donations are so low.

Exmouth Community Larder says it is relying on forthcoming school and church harvest festivals to replenish its stocks to keep those dependant on the service fed over the winter months and beyond.

Larder manager Anthony Bernard said the service was short of non-perishable 
food, saying there were ‘no reserves except for beans and soup’.

He said cash donations from the public had been vital for filling gaps on the shelves to continue supporting the community.

Mr Bernard said autumn harvest festivals were ‘eagerly awaited’ to keep the community larder in a ‘good state’.

The larder is appealing for donations of pasta, tinned meat and fish, vegetables, fruit, custard, rice pudding and other basics to make a meal.

Mr Bernard said: “We are not in trouble yet but we don’t know what the demand’s going to be and we don’t know what’s going to happen.

“We are spending the money people have given to fill in the gaps; the community as a whole is so very generous.”

He added: “Reserve food stocks are now low - in fact no reserves except for beans and soup.

“Harvest festivals are eagerly awaited; these usually give us good reserves together with extra donations over Christmas.

“I would like to say thank 
you to those who have 
donated cash which enables us to fill the gaps of other items on our shelves and keep us in a good state to provide the necessary support in the neighbourhood throughout the year.”

Mr Bernard said a ‘small proportion’ of Exmouth residents had problems putting food on the table.

“A few even run out of food - and it is those who we meet and serve,” he said.

“No welfare system run by sensible and organised people could imagine the scrapes people can get themselves into and need a hand up.

“However, this does not 
mean giving food willy-nilly - we are here to give a hand up not a free hand out.”

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