A foodbank that delivers fresh food parcels has received more support from the local community to allow it to adapt and increase referrals.

Since 2017, Dorchester Community Church, based at Liscombe Street in Poundbury, has been running a food bank with fresh produce called Food Share, delivering parcels to the county town and surrounding area to families and households.

Each household can currently be supported for 12 weeks.

Weekly parcels are delivered featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery, and eggs, along with some longer-keeping items too.

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Volunteers say they have been increasingly busy in the last three years with referrals but have been able to keep going due to community support.

Currently, Food Share helps more than 100 families or households each week in the area.

Liz Meech, Food Share administrator, said: “In the early days, we were able to manage with donations of surplus food from local supermarkets; but from the start of the Covid Pandemic, this was no longer possible.

“Our fantastic local community has stepped in to make up the difference. We can’t mention everyone, but have been grateful for every donation, whether food or financial; large or small.

“However, we wish to thank the Watercress Company, Brace of Butchers, Derwen Farm, Ford Farm, Dorchester Lions, Dorchester and Poundbury Rotary, Poundbury Entertainments, the Gap Project, Dorset Volunteers, Haywards Bridge Farm, the Fresh Food Bank, Tesco and Waitrose, but this list is by no means the whole picture."

Schools, youth groups, and other organisations also collect items for Food Share, along with a team of volunteers packing and distributing the parcels that deserve recognition. In the warmer months, Food Share benefits from Community Allotments. 

Mrs Meech said: “As the increased cost of living continues to impact a growing number of our local residents, it’s a privilege to be able to accept help from the community and in turn use it for those most in need at this time.”

If you would like to know more about Food Share or how to support them, contacted Food Share on 07918 877498 or by e-mail at contact@dorchestercommunitychurch.org.uk