Axminster food charity urges people to ask for help

PUBLISHED: 08:58 01 May 2020

Karen Taylor creating meals for  Nourish

Karen Taylor creating meals for Nourish


Don’t be proud and hungry! That’s the message from an Axminster charity which helps to feed needy people.

‘Nourish’ is a well-established not-for-profit community project which supplies home-style cooked meals to those who find themselves struggling to make ends meet.

They are cooked from scratch and frozen for people to reheat at home.

The project was started by Karen Taylor, of Axminster, more than a year ago to supplement other food parcels given out in the community.

During 2019 she has helped with holiday hunger as well, making up Christmas dinner/hampers and delivering them out on Christmas Eve.

She also has been running a free breakfast cafe twice a month at Pippins Community Centre in Lyme Road.

She cooks pasta dishes, curries, stews, soups and, occasionally, puddings for families large or small and single people living on their own.

These range from meat, vegetarian to vegan, and she takes great care with food allergies and those with special dietary requirements.

Every meal has a minimum of two vegetables, not including onions or potatoes.

Karen started Nourish from her own experience of hardship and believes that having a meal you don’t have to cook for yourself makes you feel cared for, hence the name ‘Nourish’.

Because of a change in her own circumstances she has traversed the benefit system and faced austerity so she knows what its like from the ground up and will welcome everyone without any judgement.

Karen likes to give a personal friendly service with continuity making sure everyone is alright.

She knows many people in Axminster must be facing hardship during these unusual times and urges people to come forward for help.

Nourish is an ‘as well as’ service and there is no referral needed.

Karen believes its hard enough for someone to ask for help.

Nourish is currently working from The Guildhall, Axminster, and delivers meals out into the community, working closely with ACER, schools and other community groups.

Karen has made changes to minimise any risk with Covid-19 to herself and those she supports and follows government guidelines.

She said: “Please, Please now is not the time to be hungry and proud. Give me a call or text on 07708731826 or Find Nourish (Axminster) on Facebook.

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