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Weymouth rotarians answer food bank appeal
ROTARIANS in Weymouth rallied together after the Echo reported that Weymouth Food Bank needed more donations.
Following our series of articles about local poverty issues, Weymouth Rotary Club members were asked to make a donation of non-perishable food from a food bank list.
Andrew Prowse of the club, said: “The response was tremendous.
“I delivered a car full of food which will be faithfully applied to the needy.”
The donations came after food bank co-ordinator Lily Mockett told the Echo that they had five times more demand than last year with more than 40 people a week relying on their donations.
She said since the plea, donations have increased but they were still short of items like small pots of coffee, sugar bags and bottles of squash.
“It took us ages to label all the items the Rotary Club donated and they will be making another donation before Christmas.
“People are just so generous and we want to thank them.”
The food bank helps feed over 600 people – none homeless.
Dozens of voucher holders have been referred by GPs, health visitors and teachers.
Clients vary from single people to large families.
It is run by volunteers and kept going by donations from 10 churches.
Mrs Mockett praised the continuing efforts of churches and Asda for encouraging customers to donate items into a shopping trolley.
She added that the trolley is sometimes emptied twice a week.
BANK BRANCHES SET UP
THE Weymouth and Portland Food Bank is splitting into two separate food banks, with an additional food bank being set up on Portland.
Coordinator Lily Mockett is advising people who are making donations to make cheques payable to the ‘Weymouth Food Bank.’ Call 07531 167465 for more information or to find out about times to donate.
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