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Virtual harvest will help feed Dorchester families
THE FRUITS of a virtual harvest will help feed Dorchester families in crisis.
Generous customers of Budgens in Poundbury took part in a two-week campaign to help the needy. People could pick up a £1 coupon while shopping at the store and pay for it at the till.
The coupons were then put together to buy products for the Dorchester food bank.
In total £89 of food was donated.
Budgens store manager Matt Venn said: “It has been really successful.
“We had a list of things that the food bank was in need of so we put the donations towards those.
“The original idea was for a fresh food harvest but the food bank needs tins and non-perishables so that it can be kept for times of need. It’s the first time we’ve done this and it was very popular with customers.
“They’ve been very generous and we hope to do it again.”
Dorchester’s Foodbank was set up in 2009 by Dorchester Baptist Church at the Dorford Centre.
People who need the food bank are referred by local agencies and organisations, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, churches, GPs or Dorset County Hospital.
They are given a voucher which they can take to the Dorford Centre on Foodbank opening days and exchange for a bag.
Each bag contains around £10 worth of food and is tailored to last three days.
Chris Nowell, food bank committee member, said: “We have been very fortunate in this town to have such generous donations.
“Around harvest we get the most donations of any time of the year. We have a collection bin here and anyone can come in at any time of the year and make a donation.”
The Foodbank is on target to give out 1,000 bags this year.
Committee members are encouraging people to look out for those they think may be in need.
Committee member Rosemary Hardwick described the work as ‘very humbling’ and urged people to see there is no shame in needing to use the foodbank.
Rosemary and Chris are busy dating the products and bagging them up ready for people in need.
The Foodbank is open from noon until 2pm on Mondays and 10.30am until 12.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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