Food appeal as benefit cuts begin to bite

PUBLISHED: 08:57 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 25 July 2013

Canned Sunshine manager Aynsley Jones (second left) is helped to pack food parcels by Axminster Lions Club members Marcia Cook,  Pamela Keetch and  Jamie Love. Photo by Ian Barradale

Canned Sunshine manager Aynsley Jones (second left) is helped to pack food parcels by Axminster Lions Club members Marcia Cook, Pamela Keetch and Jamie Love. Photo by Ian Barradale

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Axminster’s Canned Sunshine foodbank is facing a “huge shortage” as demand increases

Axminster’s “Canned Sunshine” foodbank has issued an urgent appeal for more supplies.

Organisers say they desperately need a wide range of basic items to help meet growing demand as benefit cuts and delayed payments begin to bite.

Canned sunshine was launched by the Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre a year ago.

Appealing for extra donations to combat a “huge shortage” Manager Aynsley Jones told The Herald: “We are currently having an increased demand due to things like benefit delays, malnutrition and benefit cuts.

“The food we are asking for is cereals, tinned fruit and vegetables, powdered milk, pasta, canned pulses, canned meat, sauces, toilet rolls, washing powder and soap.”

The appeal for extra help comes despite encouraging support from several local organisations.

Mrs Jones said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Seaton Lions Club for their donation of £50, the Musbury Church and Axminster community food donations. Their help and donations have been much appreciated.

“However, as problems are growing help from the public is always needed and volunteers play a vital role in Canned Sunshine. Their role could include delivering food to local homes, packing up boxes to be delivered, taking referrals and actually donating food to the centre itself.

“Volunteering is really rewarding job to take on, people get to learn about the community and about the needs of the community. However, we understand that lots of people have busy lives and don’t always have the time to volunteer. This doesn’t mean that we don’t need them - there is a huge food shortage going on right now and it is really important that we have food being delivered.”

For more information or to get involved potential volunteers are asked to call in at the Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre in Chard Road and speak to a staff member.

In the meantime people can drop food off at the main Co-op in West Street car park or at the centre.

Added Mrs Jones: “It is a great chance to give something back to the community - your help will be much appreciated.”


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